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The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:13 pm
by upstatetrout
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Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:33 pm
by letumgo
Outstanding! Sinfully seductive winged wet... ;)

I would love to watch you tye someday...

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:37 pm
by Hankinsfly
Would you call this Clyde style? It’s beautiful. Also, nice hook. What is the hook?

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:41 pm
by daringduffer
Clever angle of photo, from the fishes point of view. Hook looks like an equivalent of Kamasan B525.

dd

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:39 pm
by upstatetrout
The hook is a Daichii 1480 # 12.

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:01 pm
by Greenwell
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Here is a fly from the Henry Walbran Cooper collection that Rob Smith has identified as a "Great Brown Deel Crook" or March brown. The photo was taken by my brother and appears on page 16 in Rob's book.
What is interesting with this particular fly is the use of the wing butts to form the hackle or legs. After the wings were tied in the butts were pulled back, tied down, and clipped short to become the legs of the fly. This also accounts for the larger than normal head. It was not an uncommon method but is one rarely seen today.

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:12 am
by Old Hat
Very nice flyTom. That is very similar to how I tie mine. I like the slender up wing on North country style flies. I usually fold mine 2x. Is that what you did here?

John are you sure those are the wing butts? If they were the wing butts wouldn't the barbules be pointing the opposite direction. Looks more like trimmed hackle or maybe pieces of the wing that spun around and were trimmed short.

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:12 pm
by upstatetrout
The wing is not folded. It is made from a slip from one quill. I cut a large enough slip and then divide it in half. Then I line up the two quills . One side has the bright side of the feather the other the dull side. No one has ever noticed. I find that this works using most upland game birds. The old timers in the Catskills used this method for all wet flies but I do not like the looks of it when winging with farm birds.



Tom

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:33 am
by Old Hat
I've done that a lot with center turkey tail on larger flies. For my small spiders I usually take one slip wide enough so when folded in 4th's will have the width I like. I line up the tips, fold it in half, then fold it again. Sometimes I split it, sometimes I don't.

Re: The Devil Crook

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:09 am
by tie2fish
Back before I knew any better about the wings on flies from that time period, I tied the Devil Crook with paired slips from a partridge wing feather ...

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