We are tying a Den Vanliga Deluxe tube fly, aka The Usual, this is our super bright over the top version of The Usual tied big and with plenty of chartreuse fluorescent additions perfect for those early spring days especially in flood cold coloured waters.
Den Vanliga / The Usual is a classic of the Byske river for Baltic Salmon and has been adopted by Salmon anglers all over the world. We love the original but there's something about this nasty neon hybrid that screams fish!
Fly video & music by: Jay Bartlett - Blackwater
Fantastic materials from Future Fly, recipe list below. Click on the time code link to see the material and step of the fly on our you tube video.
0:16 1.8mm plastic tube - fl.yellow/chartreuse
0:24 3.0mm plastic tube - blue
0:32 10mm tungsten balance tube - metallic yellow
0:40 200++ tying thread - fl.green
1:20 Mach II Flatbraid - fl. green holo
2:05 Future Fibre - Blue
3:27 Mach II Flatbraid - gold
4:10 Easy Dubbing - chartreuse
5:15 North American Opossum - hot yellow / hot orange
6:14 Signature Angel Hair - mørrum copper
6:35 Easy Dubbing - chartreuse
7:55 Signature Hen Saddle - chartreuse
8:52 Schlappen feather - king fisher blue
10:30 Marble Fox Tail - fiery brown
11:13 Jungle Cock
13:08 4mm Brass Hybrid Cone - fl.orange
Future Fly Tube Vice
FF Standard Bobbin
FF Lightweight Scissors
FF Tubevise Needle Medium
FF Multi Needle
FF Hackle Tool
Step by step:
Step 1:Start by melting a small burr at the end of the 1.8mm liner tube, this will help grip inside the 3mm outer tube.
Step 2: Place the liner tube into the outer tube and secure to the needle in the vice.
Step 3: Add some tight wraps of thread over the outer tube with the liner tube underneath.
Step 4: Add a 10mm tungsten US tube to the liner tube with a little bit of super glue.
Step 5: Using your thread make a criss cross x pattern back and forth over the plastic and metal tube to securely fix them together, when you have made enough turns you should be able to wrap your thread straight over both tubes without them separating, smooth off any excess superglue over the tubes and thread.
Step 6: Work back to the point of the outer tube where you want to start tying your fly, make sure to leave enough tubing for your knot and hook to fit inside, then tie in some Fl.Green holo Mach II flatbraid and wrap with overlapping turn to build up a fat tag section and tie off in front. The built up tag will help push up the tail.
Step 7:With a a length of fluorofibre half the thickness you need tie down in front of the tag and wrap your thread all the way down the tubing, then fold the fibres back and tie down all the way back to the tag again, this helps build the fatness of the body and make sure the tail is really secure. You can fold back at the tag section but this usually leaves a big bump in the body of the fly. With your scissors taper the tail a few times to length and with short fibres to long fibres from bottom to top, like a hair wing section.
Step 8:Next tie in a gold Mach II flatbriad and wrap up the body with overlap[ping turns and a little bit past where you want your dubbing to be. Mach II is strong enough not to need ribbing but you could add some if you wish.
Step 9: Using some chartreuse easy dubbing build up a fat body covering the end of the flat braid but leaving a few mm of the metal tube to tie our underwing on to.
Step 10: Using the longer strands of hair from hot yellow and hot orange tip North American Opossum pelt, tie down on to the metal tube with the tips facing forward, then fold back and tie down again for extra security.
Step 11:Next add add some mørrum copper angel hair tied down half way then folded back and tied down again, this helps to reduce the material slipping, trim to different lengths and not longer than the wing.
Step 12: Next take some more of the chartreuse easy dubbing and cover the head of the wing and remaining metal tube finishing with thread on the plastic liner tube. Then tie in a Chartreuse Schlappen hackle tight to the body.
Step 13: Repeat the process with a kingfisher blue schlappen hackle.
Step 14:Then take a section of fiery brown marble fox tail, most likely the longest fibres you have and tie down with the tips facing forward, we forgot to do this in the video but we would then slipt the wing and add some more mørrum copper angel hair tied down half way and folded back. To complete the wing fold back the hair and tie down again, try to keep the tying area as small as possible for a clean finish to the fly.
Step 15:Next add some jungle cock cheeks, I like them to be about the length of the body when flat to the wing.
Step 16: Then add a fl.orange 4mm hybrid cone with a little super glue to secure it in place, wait a little bit to let the glue settle.
Step 17: Remove the fly from the vice and cut away the liner tube to about 2-4mm from the cone, then with a lighter melt down the tube to the cone, I prefer to get the plastic to get quite hot and then press the hot plastic against a flat surface, this really secures everything at the front of the fly. It will close the hole on the tube, but with a really sharp dubbing needle, you can push into the tubing to make a new hole.
Just add water!
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