Design flies that are easy for the fish to spot in the water. You’ll be happy with the results.
[by Jay “Fishy” Fullum]
AS AN ARTIST, I RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE of contrast when applying different colors to paper or canvas. I also know the importance of choosing the right colors when tying a fly that will stand out in stained water or during low-light conditions. This might require making slight changes in the colors recommended in the pattern recipe; a solid-colored fly tied using only light, medium, or dark materials will be difficult for the fish to locate when the habitat matches the hues used in the pattern.
Tying the Layered-Hair Fly using bundles of different-colored bucktail will enable you to create a pattern of contrasting colors. Combine bundles of yellow, black, bright orange, green, and more, layering them so the fly will be seen as water clarity or light conditions change.
The tying technique is user-friendly and results in very durable flies. Tie streamers with only two bundles of bucktail, or use as many as four or five bundles to produce some great-looking layered creations. I am convinced that the layers of color add to the productivity of these flies.
Tie up a supply of bundles and have fun lashing them on top of each other to create the Layered-Hair Fly.
Jay “Fishy” Fullum has written for this magazine for two decades. To learn more about his flies and fine art, go to www.fishyfullum.com. Fishy lives in New York State.
LAYERED HAIR FLY
HOOK: A streamer hook to match the length of the bundles of bucktail you will use.
THREAD: Size 6/0 (140 denier). Select colors to match the bucktail.
BODY: Bucktail in your choice of colors.
EYES: Doll eyes in your choice of color.
MORE STUFF: A yarn needle, superglue, and fingernail polish.