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Updated Modified Sofa Pillow

March 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.  I’ve tried a couple variants and will be tying up enough for “field trials” in a few months.

This one is tied with sporty girl foam, a red squirrel tail, bushier hackle, and rubber legs.

Good additions, the darker wing makes this pattern look more realistic, and the rubber legs add a lot of action.  The hackling job on wasn’t so hot, the rubber legs got in the way a bit, but after a few flies, I should have it down.

This one is back to deer hair for the wing, but from a darker deer.  I’m thinking I’ll keep the deer hair, to provide more flotation.

Here is the fly floating in a tub of water.  The wing is floating flush on the water’s surface. The curved body with black egg sac is meant to simulate an egg laying salmon fly. Not a bad look from this perspective. Definitely worth some field testing.

Tags: Fly Tying

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ray Found // Mar 31, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I like rubber silly legs on anything big and bushy like this. On stimulators, I Tie them in before dubbing the head, so they stick out front and back, and don’t seem so in the way when hackling… but having them stick straight out the side like this is a cool look too. I (or you) may have to try with 2 sets of legs…

  • 2 John LeJeune // Mar 31, 2009 at 10:13 am

    The foam is also holding some air bubbles. Nice effect.

  • 3 Anthony Naples // Mar 31, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Nice shot of the fly in the water. I am always testing flies out at home in a bowl of water – it’s always interesting and instructive to see how a fly actually floats on the surface.

  • 4 John LeJeune // Apr 2, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I was told it was best to use single malt scotch when testing flies to see how they float.

  • 5 John Ruberto // Apr 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

    John,

    Send me a bottle and I’ll test your theory. :)

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