José “Pepefly” Borzi has an interesting take on the Intruder here with an all orange design. Most interesting, to me at least, is the use of a whole rhea feather for the hackle. It will really give the fly some interesting movement in the water, but I do see a couple problems using the feather this way. For one, the feathers are on the expensive side, so to ensure the fly remains durable, I would reinforce the hackled rhea with a reverse wrapped wire. Secondly, when the fly gets wet, the rhea will collapse somewhat onto itself. To remedy that, I think a thick dubbed body might help the rhea stand out more, after all, the whole point of the style is to create the illusion of a big fly with as little material as possible. Perhaps the different target species may play a roll in the fly construction as well. Even with that said, I do like the fly and love seeing the flies from South America.
I’ve been tying hundreds of these tubes over the past few months and so I’ve also been watching lots of Scandinavian tube fly videos. Here is a nice simple pattern with just one wing. Lots of the ones I’ve been tying have 2-3 wings, tags, tails, multiple collars, discs…. This one is nice and simple. it does take some time to become familiar with some of the finer points in tying this style of fly. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tobbe Hedin late last year to discuss some of the details and get some of the “secrets” of tying this style. Schlappen, and hen hackle work quite well where hackles are often too stiff for collars. For the hair, it can be tough to source stuff long enough, but I’ve had great success from Foxy Tails in the UK. It may seem a bit pricey, but the hairs are long, and each pack has a rather generous amount. If you don’t object to using dog hair, templedog is a nice material to work with, but I do like the courser texture of the fox.
Tag: Red floss
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Body: 1/2 flat holographic silver tinsel , 1/2 silver dubbing
Collar: black schlappen
Wing: long fox, templedog or goat
Collar: Teal flank
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: turbo disc
I love the Templedogs and I’ve been tying a few of my own. I’ve been doing a lot of tying the last couple weeks with fox fur, subbing it for marabou in streamers and even doing some dubbed flies. Here is another TD styled fly to admire and try.
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Here is the link to another of his flies we featured earlier this year – http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/scando-style-weighted-eumer-plastic-tube/