Tying a Banana Flash Flu - Tube Fly

Tying a Banana Flash Flu - Tube Fly

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A dirty Banana variant on Marc Skovby's Flash Flu. Who could resist fishing on of these in the spring in dirty water conditions?

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Materials

1.8mm plastic tube - warm yellow
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5mm tungsten bead - mat metallic yellow
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GSP tying thread - 12/0 - 50D
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Star flash - red & gold

Star flash - red & gold

Shadow fox pelt - honey gold / beiss
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Jungle cock or artificial
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4mm Nano Ufo Disc - gold
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Tools

FF tube fly vise
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FF tube fly vise needle - small
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FF lightweight scissors
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FF multi needle
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FF hackle tool
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Step By Step

Step 1 melt a small collar at the end of the liner tubing and flatten it down with a hard flat surface to widen the burr to fill the back of the tungsten bead, add the bead to the tube and slip onto the vise. Make a few wraps of tying thread to start tight to the bead.

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Step 2 take some classic tinsel flash or Star flash in gold and red and tie in half way in front of the bead and wrap half way around the tubing, then fold back the materials underneath covering the other half of the tube and tie in again. Trim to length and then taper with your scissors for differing lengths.

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Step 3  repeat the process this time halving the length of the flash so that together the first and second flash wings taper back 3/3 and 2/3 of the fly, the hair wing will be the last 1/3

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Step 4 tie in some Beiss or Honey gold (banana) shadow fox pelt hair, spreading the fibres equally around the tubing, it should go back 1/3 of the fly, finally use a scalpel to cut away the waste tight to the head.

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Step 5 tie in some jungle cock cheeks using a medium feather tied in long as long as the hair or just short.

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Step 6 to complete the fly add a little glue to the thread and wrap into the head, then add a small drop of super glue to the liner tubing and then a 4mm UFO disc, using something like a hackle tool to cleanly push the disc back into the fly and compress it back hard, this will lock the whole fly together.

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Step 7 cut the liner tubing away 2-3mm from the disc then melt down with a lighter, whilst still warm press the tubing down with a flat surface to make a small neat head.

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Just add water!