Fly tying photos (#flytying #kebari #flypatterns)

Those look nice David. The one on the left looks similar to one of the variations that I tied last year. At least for me, those colors worked better earlier in the year and the Partridge feathers worked all season.

Thanks Peder.
I have the colour 712 . I never thought of using the DMC embroidery thread at all. even though I bought a whole load of colours to use with midge patterns as recommended in’Fishing Magic’ by Ed Koch & Don Holbrook. I Tend to use one strand for midges but looking at it from a different perspective it does look very useful for nymphs, kebari etc. It will compliment my wool stock nicely.

David

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Yes, that book is one of the ones that really popularised the use of these. As you say though, most people only use it on midge patterns. In fact there’s a new midge tying video on YouTube that’s really advocating it again. Either way, I think it works great for other flies/kebari as well.

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These two flies were the ones that started the season for me yesterday. I lost the first one to a tree and switched to the second.

This pattern I got from one of the Discover Tenkara videos. It worked brilliantly. Water was clear and cold (46F/8C) and still running high.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633, size 12
Body: White antron dubbing
Thread: Body - white UTC 70 denier; head - Griffith’s Cobweb 6/0 fluorescent orange
Hackle: White cape

This one worked well too, though not until later in the day. I really liked how the stiff hackle behaved, particularly in faster current.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633, size 12
Thread: UNI 6/0 red
Body: Shetland’s Spindrift Purple Haze
Hackle: Ginger cock neck

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Well, I guess it’s me posting here again. Hope you guys don’t mind. We had rain for three days straight and I was tired of sitting in the house. So, I took a drive to a fly shop over in New Hampshire on Saturday. I found another brilliant deal. The hen pheasant below was on the discount rack because it was missing the tail/rump, but I didn’t care. There were two others on there and when I asked if the price was actually that low, two old timers rushed over and each grabbed one. If I have time later, I’ll edit this and post what materials I used. All of these were tied using feathers from the hen pheasant.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Bead head: black tungsten, 2.4mm
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body & tail: pheasant tail fibers
Rib: extra small Uni wire, red
Thorax: hare’e ice dub, brown
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: unknown brand, likely 8/0, tan
Body: Shetland Spindrift cream
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: black hare’s ear
Rib: extra small Uni wire, copper
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: hare’e ice dub, black
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: body Uni 8/0, light yellow; head Uni 8/0 red
Body: embroidery thread, light yellow (don’t remember the color number)
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: peacock herl
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: Danville 6/0 light olive
Body: see thread
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: hare’e ice dub, brown
Hackle: hen pheasant

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Nerf or Nothing kebari. Who knows if this will catch a trout, but I bet a bluegill will love it. #tieflies #tenkara #flyfishing #flytying by Chris Lynch, on Flickr

Hook: #12 nymph
Thread: black uni
Body: hacked up nerf dart chunk
Hackle: hen pheasant

I call it Nerf or Nothing Kebari. Sort of a hybrid between a traditional Kebari pattern and a Southern Appalachian standby, the Neversink Caddis… meets livingroom tying at 11pm when you have a 5yr old and nerf darts everywhere.

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While the Ishigaki style kebari remains constant with most of my outings, everything else is subject to change. My fairly limited tying materials gets mixed and matched inconsistently. Here’s the last session at the vice.

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Duncan,
Excellent fly tying, these kebari flies are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing.

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kenbane-kebari 1

kenbane-kebari 2

kenbane-kebari 3

akiyamago-kebari

zenmai-kebari

my favorite-kebari

There are a lot of snow in the garden
It is kebari making wait for spring

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Just a few patterns I’ve been playing with lately.
Japanese silk yarn and wool yarn bodies.

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Is that the Ito yarn Robb? It looks brilliant!

I really like tying with yarn and have been doing so more and more in recent years.

Thanks!
It is the Ito yarn. Very nice stuff to tie with.

They both look like they would be great spring patterns.

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I too am a big fan of yarn bodied flies. They predominate my fly box, as I find them very successful.

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Very nice kebari :wink:
I feel a great technique

I will also recommend how to use Tinsel under winding

When wet, it glows from the bottom

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By the way
A scattered cherry(sakura) looks like a sakasa-kebari, doesn’t it?
(Sorry, I couldn’t find the thread to post.)

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Maybe 3 years ago I found a blog wherein the blogger actually tied kebari intended to look like flowers. And I posted the links to his blog on the tenkara-fisher forum.

He also tied a lot of normal looking kebari too. Some of the ones that looked like flowers looked like they might actually catch fish. Others were so flower-like, I think they were more art than fishing flies to actually fish with.

If I recall correctly the blog was written in Japanese, but he was not in Japan. Seems like he was in Malaysia or Singapore. I think there were also some youtube videos showing how he tied some of them.

Anyway, I can not come up with the right search phrase to find the blog again. Or maybe it has gone away. In my effort to find it again all I found were 水中・花 毛鉤 シフトノブ {underwater flower kebari shift knobs} Here is one example:

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/b297432702

There were of course other shift knobs that just had tiny flowers inside.

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I often see seed pods suspended in air that sometimes look like insects and often look like a sakasa kebari.

I sometimes feel the irony in this as I look up at them and am tricked like a trout thinking it is indeed an insect.

I have wondered if the sakasa pattern may have had its origins inspired by such a pod.

like a ball of midges.

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Got a pretty large supply of spindrift yarn recently. Had mainly tenkara flies in mind for it. I’m not the greatest fly tyer but I enjoy it. Still figuring out the “tenkara” flies. I’ve only tied a little bit of them so far. These came out ok but there is always room for improvement. I get better as I go so the last one looks the best of the bunch to me lol. These are intended for panfish and bass so I tied some size 8 and 10. I like the yarn colors though. Got a supply that will last me quite a while lol.

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I use Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift wool quite a bit. It is certainly very buggy. I find if you split the yarn and either twist or mix the strands of varying colours you can create some wonderful patterns.

Eg

Hends BL550 #12 hook
Uni-thread 6/0 dark brown
Whiting Brahma hen mottled grey dyed March Brown
Copper fuse wire rib
Jamieson’s Shetland spindrift wool, one strand of bracken (231) and one strand of moorit (108) twisted together
Collar of dubbed moorit wool
2mm chocolate tungsten bead

David

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