"Six's Red Tail"
Text and Photos by Tom Six (aka Bearcat)
Thanks for use permission!
|1. Attach thread to hook near bend. Select tail material. (In this case red duck quill fibers) Attach to hook making sure to wrap them securely. (Fig 1) Cement this area. The duck quill fibers should be coated with cement themselves to hold them together.|
2. Select a clump of about 10 hairs from the deer bucktail and tie
them in just in front of the bend of the hook. Tie a knot here. Now
treat the fibers as though they were a post of a parachute fly. Wrap
the thread at the bottom of the fibers a couple or three wraps to hold
them together. Make sure these wraps are at the very bottom of the
post near the hook. Now knot again. Take some cement (or flexament
would be better) and cement these fibers together. Allow drying time.
This will form a large thread or what I call the girdle of the fly. |
3. Select a small clump of deer hair about the size of a pencil in diameter
and attach this to the fly just ahead of the girdle, wrapping this several times
to make sure that it will stay in place. Knot and cement thread. Now cut
the thread off and tie in behind the eye. Trim deer hair so that when it is
pulled toward the eye it will be just behind the eye and in the place where
you can tie it down. Now pull the deer hair around the hook and up to the front of the
hook and tie in at front, making a small body. (See Fig. 3.) You have
now created the underbody of the fly. Retie your thread at the girdle
4. Prepare and stack two clumps of deer hair each about the size of
a pencil. Attach the first clump on top of the hook so that the ends of
the deer hair stretch back even with the red tail and secure them with
your thread that you have positioned at the girdle. (See Fig. 4.) Make
several wraps but do not spread them out. Keep them tight together.
Now turn the hook over in the vise or rotate your vise head. Attach
the second clump in the same manner that you did the first again making
sure the tips are even with the end of the tail. You should now have
something that resembles what you see in Fig. 4. Be sure to wrap this
hair several times with the thread to hold it in place wrapping over top
of the thread already in place.|
5. Now wrap the girdle over top of the thread that is holding the deer hair in position being careful to cover the thread with the girdle. You must now tie off the deer hair girdle with the thread. Take several wraps of thread around the end of the girdle. Now tie off the thread. With your thumbnail push the thread back under the girdle holding the girdle with your other hand. Cement in place. Cut off thread and reattach at the head just back of the eye.
6. Now take your hair scissors or razor blade and trim the hair back
just behind the eye of the hook. DO THIS CAREFULLY!
Being very careful not to trim the hair too far back. The ends of the hair
should be just behind the eye of the fly where your thread is now attached.
Start wrapping the thread around the head of the fly pushing the hair from
the tail of the fly forward and holding it so that the thread catches all the hair
under it. Keep wrapping until you have created a tapered head as shown
in Fig. 5. Whip finish the head and cut your thread. Now cement the head.
I use clear nail polish here, but my dad used regular head cement. The fly
in Fig. 5 is his and not my tie. This fly is in remembrance of him. There you
have it -- Six's Red Tail.
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