HOW TO TIE A COMPOSITE HACKLE FOR A GARRY DOG
1 Cut a 1in piece of inner tubing, burr one end by heating it with a lighter and slide it on to the tube-fly pin. 2 Add a small drop of superglue at the burred end of the inner tube and slide on a small piece of medium tubing over it, pushing it down until it butts up against the burred end. This enables a piece of silicone hook tubing to be added if desired, or not if the fly is to be fished with a free-swinging hook. 3 Add a small drop of glue in front of the outer tubing and push a small cone up to it. I've used a metallic, coloured cone here, but silver or gold will work just as well. 4 Start your tying thread directly in front of the cone, trapping it in place. 5 Add a tail of Loop Fluoro Fibre in front of the cone and trim the end to a taper. Cover the waste ends (inset). 6 Form a dubbing loop with your thread and add some dubbing wax to help trap the prepared material when placed in the loop.
8 Attach a dubbing spinner tool into the base of the dubbing loop. Then place your prepared materials into the loop, controlling it with your other hand. Distribute the materials within the loop evenly using your fingers or a dubbing needle. 9 Pinch the loop between index finger and thumb, just above the dubbing spinner. Then spin the spinner with the other hand controlling the amount of twists. 10 As the material starts to spin, slowly release your fingers. Use your dubbing needle to pick out any trapped materials as the loop tightens. Picking fibres out improves the look of the finished fly. 11 While still maintaining tension on the loop, use your free hand to double the rope over. Wetting your fingers at this point will aid the folding. 12 Begin to wind the folded materials on to the tube in touching turns, working forward as you would a normal hackle. Pick out any trapped materials as you go. 13 With the composite hackle wound on, lock the end of the loop down with a few turns of thread. Brush and pick out the hackle to distribute evenly all round. 14 Tie in an underwing of Arctic fox or similar, making sure it's longer then the tail (roughly twice the length of the tail). This will form a lovely taper in the finished fly. 15 Now add three strands of peacock herl over the Arctic fox (I use strands from around the eye of the feather, which have the best shape).
16 Add an overwing of hair (I've used dyed yellow badger but fox will work just as well). This wing should be half the length of the underwing. This will give some bulk at the front, helping to form an overall teardrop shape. 17 Add jungle cock eyes. I’ve used eyes from the top of the cape. 18 Double back the stalks and lock them down with a few turns of thread. Trim off the waste. 19 Whip finish and add a small drop of superglue with your dubbing needle. Then slide on a small cone or disc. Push the cone into place and hold it there until the glue sets. 20 Now trim off excess tubing, leaving a couple of millimetres to form a burr with a flame in front of the cone. Finally, give the fly another good brush to free any trapped materials.