The Hairy Mary

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Body tip: When tying materials underneath the hook shank it is advisable to try and cut off all the ends at the same point on the hook shank. If you cut off the loose ends at different points along the shank, this provides for a very bumpy and uneven body. Follow the photographs and see how the materials are tied in one at a time building the fly in the process, click on any of the pictures to open a new window with the full size picture.


Wind the thread followed by the floss evenly up the body to the same point as before, keeping the head area free.
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At this point you can trim off the excess floss and form a bed for the head, or you can wait until you wind on the tinsel and trim both together. 
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The trimmed floss and tinsel, again note the head area.
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Select a correctly sized blue cock hackle, prepare as shown left and tie in.
Catch the tip in the hackle pliers and draw the fibres forward in a V shape.
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Bucktail tip: Remove as much off the fluff and short straggly hairs as possible. Removing the fluff etc. keeps the volume of the body to a minimum. With Salmon flies huge fat bodies are unsightly. Another common mistake with hair is to tie in far too many hairs, again adding to the volume of the hook.

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