Tying A Willie Flash Flu - Tube Fly

Tying A Willie Flash Flu - Tube Fly

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Marc Skovby's Flash Flu in the world favourite Willie Gunn colour combination, it's the Willie Flash Flu! This one just screams Salmon and Sea Trout in dirtier rivers, high water and even perhaps Steelhead under the right conditions!

The Flash Flu style fly is a fast favourite of ours originating from the Danish rivers and streams, it is a design which to use combines the mobility and pulse of a well designed fly with the colour and reflective strength of the deadliest spinning lures.

It is no wonder the Flash Flu has accounted for a good number of Salmon and Sea Trout in flood or coloured water conditions, but it is equally at home in normal fishing conditions just like any good lure is. Just adjust the size and or flash colour and strength to the water you fish.

Watch the full length step by step video here

Get the tying kit here 

Materials and tools from Future Fly available here in store at - speybros.com

Materials
00:08 1.8mm plastic tube - black
00:16 5mm tungsten bead - metallic golden orange
00:24 GSP tying thread - 50D - 12/0
00:32 FF star flash or FF classic tinsel - red & gold (or copper & gold)
01:41 FF star flash or FF classic tinsel - red & gold (or copper & gold)
02:56 Shadow fox pelt - gold
04:58 Shadow fox pelt - orange
07:02 American hen saddle - black
08:59 Jungle cock - natural or artificial
11:00 4mm tungsten nano ufo disc - metallic golden orange

Tools
Future Fly tube fly vise Future
Fly tube fly vise needle - small
Future Fly lightweight scissors
Future Fly multi needle
Future Fly hackle tool 

Step by step

Step 1 
start by melting a small collar at the end of the plastic tube, then slide the tungsten bead up to the collar, add to the vice then make a few wraps of your tying thread at the tungsten bead to start tying the fly.

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Step 2 take several strands of FF star flash or FF classic tinsel in red & gold or copper and gold or a mix and tie in mid way at the top of the tube, fold back under the tube and tie in again, you should have flash strands all the way around the tube, trim to length and taper a bit with your scissors.

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Step 3 repeat the same process, except this time use half the amount of strands, fold them in half and cut, this way you have roughly the same number of strands but at a shorter half length to tie in. Tie in half way on top, fold back underneath and tie in again. Taper again with your scissors including the first strands so you get differing lengths through the flash wing. If you are looking at this fly in thirds the longest strands are a full 3 thirds of the fly, the shorter strands or 2 thirds of the fly and the hair wing collar we tie in next is 1 third of the fly and the differing strands of materials throughout the fly give it a really natural taper from start to finish.

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Step 4 wrap some shadow fox in gold (yellow or sunburst) all the way around the tube, then using a scalpel accurately cut as close to the thread as possible, neaten up the excess with more tying thread. This hair should by slightly longer than the next to help with colour visibility and the taper of the fly.

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Step 5 repeat the same process tying in slightly shorter than the first hair using shadow fox in orange (hot orange), trim away the excess with your scalpel and neaten up the head with your thread. After tying in, it can be worth brushing the hair out to detangle the fibres and blend both colours.

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Step 6 tie in an american hen saddle hackle in black (any hen hackle long enough) this should be the same length or just short of the 2nd hair bunch so the taper is obvious in each colour. Don't do too many hackle turns as it could look messy or tangle with the hair. Use your brush to untangle any fibres and blend with the hair.

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Step 7 Tie in jungle cock cheeks, we like them about as long as the hair or just short, using a medium sized feather but tied in long gives the best effect and allows the feather to move with the rest of the fly. Larger feathers may be too stiff for this flowing fly.

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Step 8 add a drop of super glue to the head and wrap the thread through a couple times to secure, then push a 4mm Tungsten nano UFO disc in hard to the head of the fly, it can help to pull back the fly fibres and use a hackle tool to push in as far as possible. This little cone will help to push water when fishing and add a little more weight. 

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Step 9 cut away the plastic tube 2-3mm from the cone and melt down with your lighter, whilst still hot you can also presss the plastic tube down with a flat object, this helps completely secure the cone with the tied fly and the plastic tubing, looks nice and neat and you can reopen the hole with a dubbing needle. 

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Just add water!