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Autumn Hope

My romance with tube flies began over 32 years ago. The construction of Kautapen lodge was being finished and I was lucky to guide the first groups of anglers together with Rolland Holmberg, a known Swedish guide with lots of experience in Norwegian salmon rivers. He introduced me the tube flies.Rol View more...
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Autumn Hope
List of materials
MaterialsTube: Eumer Ball Tube, 17mm.Thread: 6/0 hot orange.Body: Custom Dubbing, magenta or hot orange.Gills: Saddle hackle, red or Schlapen red.Wing: 6 to 8 grizzly feathers, dyed yellow, olive and orange.Highlights: Holographic Tinsel, olive.Head: Custom Dubbing or Senyo Lazer Dubbing; white, olive and brown.Eyes: Living Eyes by Fish Skull, 6mm.
Steps

Step 1

Insert the plastic tube in the metal tube, to protect the tippet. Cut the plastic leaving 1mm or less on each end. Use the blue flame of a lighter to melt the ends, this will lock the plastic tube.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 1

Step 2

Use some custom dubbing, magenta or orange, to shape a short body as seen in the picture. Use a wire brush or needle to loosen its hair.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 2

Step 3

Tie and prepare a saddle bending the fibers to the back like we do with wets and streamers.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 3

Step 4

Make a feather collar, making sure the fibers bend to the back. It’s better if its long, so it shows when we do the head, it should resemble the gills.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 4

Step 5

For the wing, the length of the feathers should be slightly different so the move individually in the water. We can match the colors as we wish. Tie the feathers flat, with its curve pointing down, it increases the lateral moves. Tie them inside the leather skin, where the central quill is flat and translucent white. Here they will remain flat. Tie them complete, without peeling.First, tie a feather in the center. Then others at the sides, until you cover the top half of the fly. Then some flies View more...

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 5

Step 6

Add 3 strands of holographic tinsel at the sides. It’s best to tie the tinsel on our side, then we take what’s left and bend it and tie it on the other side. This way it won’t loosen.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 6

Step 7

Add some peacock strands on the back.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 7

Step 8

Tie a bundle of custom dubbing or senyo dubbing (white) on the ventral side of the fly. The front fibers should be a bit shorter. This type of dubbing has long fibers, so it’s easy to make strong bundles with these fine fibers.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 8

Step 9

Now tie an olive bundle at each side and a brown on the back in the same way as before. Don’t use many turns, only when tying the last bundle you should make several in the same spot to lock the bundles.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 9

Step 10

Use a wire brush to comb the dubbing to the back. Hold it tight with your hand and take the thread forward. Thread the space between the metallic tube and the dubbing, tying slightly on the dubbing. Bundles should be even and tidy.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 10

Step 11

Place the eyes and fill the space between them with a UV cement glue. Cover the eyes with the cement carefully, then use the lamp. Some enamel afterwards will eliminate the sticky uv layer. Alcohol and cotton are good to clean the head before using the enamel. If we don’t use transparent enamel, the head will be satin; fish don’t mind this for it goes transparent again when wet.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 11

Step 12

The finished tube fly.

Fly tying - Autumn Hope - Step 12

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