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Mossback – Hans Weilenmann

In addition to his vast online fly pattern database, Hans has also started putting together a library of fly tying video. This is his variation of the classic gold Ribbed Hare’s ear with less bling than what we are used to seeing in the fly shop bins. The pattern uses a weighted thorax and is dubbed using a technique called a Split Thread dubbing loop. It can be tricky at first, but with a good flat thread (Uni doesn’t work well here) it created an inline loop to spin your dubbing. It’s used several times in the video using a 12/0 Bennecchi thread. A UTC, or Marc Petitjean thread will aslo work quite well for the technique.

Hook: Partridge Barbless Ideal Nymph #10-16
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, tan
Weight: Lead wire, thorax only
Rib: Copper wire, fine
Tail: European hare face guard hair
Abdomen: European hare face hair – in split thread
Wing case: Peacock herl
Thorax: European hare ear hair – in split thread


Hot Zebra Midge – Curtis Fry

It can be tough to keep things skinny while tying midges, but Curtis shows us how to do it. You could even drop the size of your thread down to keep things even skinnier if you need it on smaller sized flies. Personally, I don’t like using a round wire on these, so I would swap the wire for a mylar tinsel. I might also put on a bit smaller bead so I don’t need to put a lot of thread behind the bead. The flash wing isn’t something I normally use on my zebra midges, but I think it is a nice touch and will start adding it from here on in.