Tutorial - Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

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Tutorial - Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by letumgo » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:58 pm

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Buttercream Soft Hackle
Hook - Daiichi Model 1710/Size 14
Thread - Pearsall's Gossamer Silk (light olive*)
Hackle - Hungarian Partridge Feather (bleached/Ginger)
Body - Custom Wool Dubbing Blend (8:1 Ratio - Eight parts natural cream colored yarn /One part lemongrass colored wool yarn)
Rib (optional) - Pearsall's Gossamer Silk (light olive*) see note below

*Primrose color would also work nicely if you do not have the light olive colored Pearsall's silk.
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Detailed Tying Sequence:
1) Mount your hook in the vice.
2) Attach your tying silk, just behind the eye of the hook, with five snug wraps.
3) Prepare a partridge feather by stripping off the small fluffy fibers at the base of the feather.
4) Tye in the partridge feather by the center stem, leaving roughly 1/8" of bare stem (makes wrapping easier). The tip of the feather should be facing out over the eye of the hook. Use only four or five wraps to secure the feather in place. Clip off the excess stem.
5) Wrap the tying thread back to the bend of the hook.
5) Dub the tying thread and wind it forwards, towards the eye of the hook. Make sure the dubbing is thin at the back and gets gradually heavier. This will help form the taper of the body. Leave enough room at the front of the thorax to wrap the hackle and form the head.
6) Wrap the partridge hackle back towards the tying silk. Use only one or two wraps of hackle.
7) Wind the silk forward though the hackle fibers, being careful to wiggle it back and forth. This prevents the silk from matting down the hackle fibers.
8) Whip finish with only three or four wraps.
9) Clip off the tying silk and add a small drop of head cement.

This pattern is intended to be a sulphur imitation.

I found an easy way to estimate my wool yarn dubbing blends, and produce repeatable color blends without measuring. I simply cut a piece of the cream colored yarn (the length doesn't really matter). Take this piece of yarn and fold it in half once, twice and a third time. Folding the yarn should give you eight (8) strands of equal length. Now cut a piece of the blending color in a length equal to the folded piece of yarn. Combined the pieces of yarn together and trim into roughly 1/2" long pieces. Blend in a coffee grinder until the yarn fibers are all loose and separated.

Yarns used:
Lion Brand Fisherman's Yarn (100% wool / "Natural" color / #098) - this forms the base
Patons Classic Wool Yarn (100% wool / "Lemongrass" color / #77223) - blending color

This is the method I used to estimate the ratios of the dubbing blend.

No Fold (equal length strands of each color) = (1:1 Ratio)
First Fold = 2 Strands (2:1 Ratio)
Second Fold = 4 Strands (4:1 Ratio)
Third Fold = 8 Strands (8:1 Ratio)
and so on...
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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by hankaye » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:46 pm

Looks like an interesting way to do things ... great looking flies.

By the time I get a hold of all the 'stuff' I'm gonna need, I'm gonna have to buy a bigger Rv to live in. :lol:
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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by tie2fish » Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:26 am

Great looking fly; there's no doubt that it will dupe the wild brownies that ply the waters in this area. Also, the SBS and blending technique info are most helpful -- thank you, sir.
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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by William Anderson » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:33 am

Very nicely done. The dubbing just right, but i think the tag and the head silk set this fly off.

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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by DOUGSDEN » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:52 pm

Ray,
You are making my mouth water with these latest beauties. The bleached partridge is interesting stuff. Available from the House of Slattery? I'll go look on his web-site!
I like the trend lately by all parties involved of photographing the patterns well soaked. This adds a different dimension as we mentioned in an earlier post that you did.
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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by letumgo » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:04 pm

I couldn't find it on Jim's website (sorry Jim I tried). I bought the bleached hungarian partridge skin from Orvis. I am on their E-mailing list and they sent me a $25 dollar off coupon just before Father's day. I couldn't resist the temptation...

Here is their link (the bleached partridge is listed as "Ginger" colored):
http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx ... at_id=6477
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Re: Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by hankaye » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:49 pm

Ray, thanks for the detailed sequence of events for a beginner like me it helps tremendously.
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Re: Tutorial - Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by William Anderson » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:13 am

Ray, this is one of my favorite patterns (one of many) that you've put together. Thanks for sharing this one and especially for bringing all these tutorials together in the new section. This is a really nice pattern.

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Re: Tutorial - Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by cassady » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:51 pm

Great fly and SBS Ray --

But the most useful thing was the tip about folding yarn to get repeatable ratios. Nicely done.

chris

PS Looking out the window today to sun and (still several feet of) melting snow, I can almost imagine a time when we might be able to use that fly!
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Re: Tutorial - Buttercream Soft Hackle (Sulphur Imitation)

Post by tie2fish » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:52 pm

I still like it, nearly five years later. Quality stands the test of time.
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