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Daddies with a difference and tying the detached body

Dressing Daddies to make a difference: Daddyhog, Floating Yarn Daddy, and Sparkle-head Daddy, and tying the detached body for a Daddy-long-legs


Daddyhog, for a big wave.
Daddyhog, for a big wave.
Sparkle-head Daddy - for bright conditions.
Sparkle-head Daddy - for bright conditions.
Floating Yarn Detached-body Daddy – use it static.
Floating Yarn Detached-body Daddy – use it static.
DETACHED BODY Step 1. Select bunch of deer, remove under-fur and stack before tying in just above tag on back of hook.
DETACHED BODY Step 1. Select bunch of deer, remove under-fur and stack before tying in just above tag on back of hook.
Step 2. Reverse hook in vice.
Step 2. Reverse hook in vice.
Step 3. Hold hair tight, post, and then make narrow, open turns thread up bunch (it's a bit fiddly at first).
Step 3. Hold hair tight, post, and then make narrow, open turns thread up bunch (it's a bit fiddly at first).
Step 4. Wind thread in tight turns towards tip.
Step 4. Wind thread in tight turns towards tip.
Step 5. Take 3 turns at top and bring thread back down again.
Step 5. Take 3 turns at top and bring thread back down again.
Step 6. Turn hook round again, bring thread to front, add a spot of varnish to turns at tip of detached body for added security.
Step 6. Turn hook round again, bring thread to front, add a spot of varnish to turns at tip of detached body for added security.

In my last blog, I said that there seemed to be a good number of natural daddy-long-legs about this September, and it seems that a number of anglers throughout the country are in agreement.

So, here's a few more patterns fior you to try, plus the dressing details for a detached-body Dadd,y should you wish to tie one.

The first is one for when yiu are confronted by a big wave.

Daddyhog

  • Hook: Partridge G3A/L Wet Fly Supreme, size 8 – 12.
  • Thread: 8/0 black waxed thread.
  • Tail: Grey floating yarn, twisted tight.
  • Body: Grey squirrel.
  • Wing: Natural roe deer hair (select darker shade).
  • Legs: Natural pre-knotted pheasant tail legs, tied either side.
  • Head: Body dubbing with pinch of light green Ice Dubbing mix, brush well out.

The next pattern is one I have done well with on the middle dropper when fishing short line style. The sparkle head really stands out on bright days. It makes a decent static dry as well.

Sparkle Daddy

  • Hook: Partridge L5A Dry Fly Supreme, size 8.
  • Thread: 8/0 black waxed thread.
  • Tag: Mirage pearl tinsel.
  • Body: Grey floating yarn, twisted tight.
  • Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail legs.
  • Hackle: Grizzle cock saddle, 3 turns.
  • Over-hackle: Gold Ice Dubbing tied forward and brushed back over grizzle.

Next, a simple, robust and deadly static dry whenever daddies are around.

Floating Yarn Detached Body Daddy

  • Hook: Partridge L5A Dry Fly Supreme, size 8.
  • Thread: 8/0 black waxed thread.
  • Tag: Mirage pearl tinsel (I also use chartreuse fluorescent thread as an alternative on all my Daddy patterns).
  • Detached-body: Grey floating yarn single strand sealed with lighter flame at end.
  • Body: Grey squirrel.
  • Rib: Tying thread.
  • Legs: Pre-knotted natural Ppheasant tail legs.
  • Wing: Natural roe deer hair.
  • Hackle: 3 turns natural grizzle cock, trimmed level below.
  • Head: Pearl Ice Dub brushed well out.

Finally, the Deer Hair Detached Body is often a convincing touch to add to a Daddy pattern.

As said, it's been largely superceded now, but is still worthwhile having in the box, and certainly a  robust and deadly way to tie a Daddy pattern.

I’d gotten fed up with the traditional way of tying deer hair detached bodies on a pin which essentially meant that the body wasn’t tight once the pin was removed, so I came up with this style of tying the body using deer hair; it turned out to be a really robust way of doing this. Reversing the hook in vice was the ‘Eureka!’ moment I needed to work out how to do this – a simple step that was so obvious when it came to me eventually (see tying sequence for making the detached body).






 

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