Saturday, November 03, 2012
Although they are a bit more onerous to tie than a more conventional plume tip dun (involving as they do a splitting of the thread and insertion of cdc fibres), I like them for their busy appearance and slightly more stable attitude upon the surface film. They seem a touch more resistant to waterlogging than 'on-stem' cdc patterns and a nicely sloped back profile can be given to the wing which mimics a brand new dun nicely.
I topped up the box this afternoon, including a few bigger versions tied on #14 hooks in anticipation of next spring's large dark olive hatch (that seems a hell of a long way off right now). I added a few strands of straw olive seals fur to half a dozen, which will probably make not the slightest difference from a fish catching point of view.
I'd recommend trying your hand at a few of these over the forthcoming winter nights. They certainly worked a treat for me this time around........