Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

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Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by letumgo » Sun May 15, 2011 7:37 pm

I figured out a simple way to tye segmented bodies using two spools of Pearsalls at the same time. All you need is a small piece of wooden dowel roughly 1" (25mm) long. The dowel provides support and allows two spools of Gossamer silk to fit into a standard bobbin holder. The dowel needs to be small enough in diameter to fit thru the center of the spools of Gossamer silk and short enough so that it does not interferre with the nubs on the bobbin.

Slide the two spools of Pearsall's onto the dowel. Be sure that the silk strands are coming off each spool in the same direction. Mount the combined spools in a standard bobbin holder and then thread both strands of silk thru the bobbin spindle. Grasp both strands of silk treat it as a single strand. As you wrap the fly, the thread will naturally form the segmentation of the body. Every eight to ten wraps, you will need to spin the bobbin to remove the twist. Continue to tye the fly as you normally would.

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Since there are two strands of silk, it is very easy to split the strands apart to insert dubbing between the strands (no dubbing loop required). Just insert a small tuft of dubbing between the strands and spin the bobbin to lock it in place. Wind the dubbing onto the hook to finish the thorax.
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The head on this fly is a bit big, because it was tyed with the dual strands of silk. If you want a smaller head, just clip off one of the strands before whip finishing the head. You choose which color the head will be, by clipping off the other color.

Close-Up view of the segmented body:
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Mix and Match the colors of silk to form different bodies. If figure there is around 552 different color combinations to play with. Seems like a useful little technique. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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Re: Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by willowhead » Sun May 15, 2011 7:53 pm

THAT, is SUPER Slick.....you be a genius Ray..... ;)
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Re: Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by kanutripr » Sun May 15, 2011 8:13 pm

WOW Ray!



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Post by letumgo » Sun May 15, 2011 8:15 pm

Thanks Mark, but if I was a genius I'd be able to figure out a way to sell these. (joking)
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Post by willowhead » Sun May 15, 2011 8:17 pm

you sound like my wife............... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: .................rotf............j/k........... :P :oops: :D 8-)
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Re: Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by letumgo » Sun May 15, 2011 8:20 pm

I just realized that this method may make some neat looking wraps on bamboo fly rods. Lots of possibilities once you start thinking about it.
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Post by letumgo » Sun May 15, 2011 8:21 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :D ;)
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Post by kanutripr » Sun May 15, 2011 8:22 pm

Hmmmm.....

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Re: Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by hankaye » Sun May 15, 2011 11:34 pm

Ray, Howdy;

Obviously, you have way to much time on your hands (tisk-tisk), … no doubt from all the rain and the streams being “blown-out” :cry: . Additionally the lawn must look terrible as you probably haven’t had an opportunity to mow it as yet (rain again) :( .

Do like what you come up with during these idle times… :D .

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Re: Nifty Technique - Tying with 2 spools of silk

Post by tie2fish » Mon May 16, 2011 6:43 am

letumgo wrote:Thanks Mark, but if I was a genius I'd be able to figure out a way to sell these. (joking)
Seriously, Ray -- if you don't do it yourself, I'll bet someone else will; this trick is really slick and exactly the kind of thing that ends up in magazine articles.
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