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#1 Troutmaddave

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 07:42 PM

Hi guys. This one nearly got the razor!!!
I only had wrong handed jay for the collar and almost went nuts over it. Anyway here it is

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Cheers for looking
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#2 jgogg

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:31 AM

It is not possible to have "wrong handed Jay".  If you strip the left side,  you wrap clockwise (facing the shank end on).  If you strip the right side, you wrap counterclockwise.  This presumes you tie in by the feather tip.   It's a little more complicated when you wrap Jay as a body hackle.  Then, you have to decide which way to wrap the tinsel depending on which side of the Jay you strip.  But the concept is the same.   On the other hand, if you are striving for the greatest length possible for your Jay throat and the throat will not be a full circumferential affair, then it works well to use both a left and right sided  feather.  Strip the barbs from the rachis and tie them in by just the barest catch to the bit of rachis that comes off with the barbs.  You put the left side barbs on the near side of the shank and the right side barbs on the far side. 

 

The technique is described in Hale on page 73.  The "false hackle" technique is described on page 74.  For those that have decided to make a hobby of tying feather wing salmon flies, it really is worth reading Hale carefully.  Hey! It's only a hundred pages!!   (Also Blacker, Kelson, Pryce-Tannatt and Taverner.  The five writers that wrote books to teach novices how to tie the flies during the "classic" period.)

 

  A perfectly fine fly!


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#3 Torrishpale

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 07:57 AM

If it was easy it would not be fun. Thanks for posting.


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#4 Herlhead

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

So nice fly. Where did you get that ostrich?



#5 feathers5

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 09:46 PM

Looks pretty darn good to me.



#6 Troutmaddave

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 12:05 AM

Robert Verkerk has a good supply. Find him on FB or at classicflytying.net.