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Wrong End Up
By Steven H. McGarthwaite
Photos by Jim Birkholm

I monitor the Bulletin Board here on FAOL, on a daily basis, especially the Fly Tying Section. There was a question about the use of Elk and Deer Hair for the wings on dry flies, which inspired this article. It is the absolute opposite of everything you were ever taught in fly tying. The amazing thing is that it works!

Elk Hair Caddis

I tie my Elk Hair Caddis patterns, with the tips of the Elk or Deer Hair, at the eye end of the hook. Then after I have completed the fly and tied off with a couple of half-hitches, and the whip finish, I trim the hook bend end of the wing with my scissors.

This gives the fly more buoyancy on the water and I feel a better wing shape. It also allows a neater tie-off at the eye, and makes it easier to get the tippet through the eye.

Hair-wing Mayfly

Here I tie a dry fly pattern, and use Elk or Deer Hair instead for the wing. I split and post the wings (check the Tying Tip Archives for "Wing Posting Simplified"), after I have finished the construction of the fly, I then cut and shape the wing. You can thin out the individual hairs if you wish to have a sparser wing.

Hair-Wing Emerger

You can tie an emerger pattern by using the same pattern as a dry fly by eliminating the hackle at the wing area, and just have the wing tied as in the dry fly version. Cutting and shaping the wing after tying off at the eye.

Nymph Emerger

Here I tied the wing, either using a split wing post, or a parachute post. I have the wing protruding thru the wing case, by splitting the wing case before pulling it forward. After tying off the fly, I then cut and shape in the wing.

Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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