Flatwing Streamer Video

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by Jack Devlin, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Jack Devlin Active Member

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  2. Speyrod GB Member

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    Awesome video. Makes things very easy to understand. Thanks.
  3. GAT Active Member

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    He didn't say "remove the waste" :D

    I've learned the advantage of buck tail over the synthetics and other hair is that the buck tail does not shrink when wet so you maintain a larger profile. I was very disappointed to find that the Icelandic Sheep hair shrinks up like marabou when wet... same with some of the synthetics.

    A Fish Skull would work quite well with that pattern.

    Nice video.
  4. Bert Registered Potamophile

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    Heresy, I say! Flatwings, as tied by Ray Bondorew, Ken Abrams, and Joe Cordeiro, etc., are unweighted imitations of larger bait fish and squid designed for long rods with floating lines. Abrams adapted the greased line techniques of A.E.H. Wood to the saltwater where the fly is presented without tension. Part of their effectiveness comes from dead drifting in the current seams off the beach and tidal rivers where the fly moves as a living creature near the surface.

    Of course, you are welcome to fish anyway you wish but adding weight to a beautiful flatwing style seems counterproductive.
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  5. GAT Active Member

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    Geez, it was just a suggestion. I didn't mean to start an international incident :)
  6. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    We tend to use a light hook for flat wings. One of the reasons the Eagle Claw 253 254 is "the hook of choice" is that it is lighter than say a stainless steel. No weight on a flatwing. Wouldn't work as designed.
    Jack
  7. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    One thing I like about buck tail is that most of the hairs have a natural taper. Not often found in the synthetics.
    Jack
  8. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Thanks for posting the video Jack. I've seen it before, but now that it is back in my mind I'll twist some up.
    P.S. The light is working great, thanks