Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: X-FACTOR do you have it?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default X-FACTOR do you have it?

    X Factor.

    This is a dry fly that took form in my head over the last couple of seasons.
    I have tried it a couple of times, this season, with lots of success. maybe a little bit of tweaking, before it is perfect.
    It sits beautiful on the water, floats like a cork, easy to see and after the landing a fish, easy to dry.
    Recipe
    Dry fly hook #12 to 20
    Thread light cream to dark brown, depending on the color you want to tie
    Tail Cock De Leon
    Ribbing: thin flash or tinsel
    Dubbing: Antron in matching color
    Thorax: 1 cdc feather stripped of the barbs.
    Wings: 2 x Matching cdc feathers.

    Method
    Tie in the CDL tail barbs
    Tie in the ribbing
    Dub thread and tie to about three quarters of the hook shank.
    Tie in the ribbing.
    Now the tricky part comes in.
    I tie the X Factor in 2 slightly different ways.
    1. With the 2 Cdc Feathers on top of the shank
    2. With teh 2 CDC feather below the shank.
    Top method first.
    Tie one CDC feather with a 45 degree angle over the shank and also a 45 degree angle from above the shank to below the shank with only 2 FIRM THREAD WRAPS. With about 2,5 times the length of the final length of the wings, sticking out, above the hook shank.
    Tie the second CDC feather in the opposite direction, at 45 degrees across and 45 diagonal from the top to below the hook shank, ALSO WITH ONLY 2 FIRM WRAPS. With about 2,5 times the length of the final length of the wings, sticking out, above the hook shank
    The reason for the firm wraps, is so that you can slide/pull the CDC feathers into position.
    Looking from the front and top, the CDC feathers will be forming a X, with the tips above the hook shank and the tips below the hook shank.
    It is important to keep the CDC feathers parallel to each other.
    Now, gently pull the ONE feather, down, until the wing is in position, and the right length. Do the second feather.
    This is a bit tricky and takes some practice, as the feathers do have a bit of torque and move around, sometimes, out of the “parallel” planes to each other.
    Once in the right position, slightly tilted backwards, tie in with figure 8 wraps. PLUS a couple around the back and front of the CDC feathers. Use the thread to get the feathers, parallel to each other.
    Keep the CDC feather tips below the hook shank, you trim that off last. (or I do) Because it uses a lot of thread wraps, the will be “empty” thread section around the base of the wings. Use the barbs of the stripped CDC feather, dub on the thread and wrap around the base of the wings.
    Take one of the CDC feathers sticking out, under the hook shank. I like to bend the feather so that the quill, stem sticks out nicely and trim the STEM ONLY, as close to the hooks shank off, leaving the CDC barbs on the stem. The barbs will be must “looser” around the stem. Cut the barbs, as close to the stem off.
    If you have a rotation vise, tilt up side down, and repeat with other stem/quill.
    Tilt fly right way up. Pinch all the CDC barbs in the thumb and fore finger and pull down wards. Cut with scissors, 1,5x the gape of the hook.
    With the CDC feathers below the hook shank the fly sits a little different in the water. I am still not certain which way gives the best results. You can also trim the CDC Barbs shorter than the suggested method.
    Remember, CDC barbs below the hook, puffs out like pompoms, when cut. You can trim the abhorrent barbs out.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    some more photos.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    a couple of more photos
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    Front view, before final trimming.
    You can also trim the CDC with a V in if you want a different foot print.

    The lovely part for me is the "softness" that the CDC sits on the water with. not the typical stiff, barbs of the normal dry fly hackle.
    A final word of caution, to get the CDC wings to sit "right" takes a bit of practice, and might even be after a couple of flies, that you get it 100%. or at least it took me quite a bit of practice.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by Korrie; 17-10-13 at 06:39 PM.
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Tauranga North Island
    Posts
    274

    Default

    Now That is one mean looking fish fetching machine. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into getting the fly "Just Right" and the proportions look to be very even over the whole fly.

    I am not a real fan of CDC only because to me the end product has such a short life. Or is it just that CDC needs a lot more care and attention than I am prepared to give?
    A man is only as big as the things that annoy him.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Durbanville
    Posts
    5,126

    Default

    Thanks Korrie, looks like a killer. I'm listening to Dave Brubeck's song "take 5", so am gonna try 1 of these as 5 seems to be when you get it right. Not tonight though for me. '-)
    Behold the fisherman. he riseth early in the morning and disturbeth the whole household. mighty are his preperations. he goes forth full of hope and when the day is ended, he returneth smelling of strong drink and the truth is not with him. originator unknown.

    my stuff.... http://www.flytalk.co.za/forum/album.php?u=824[/SIZE]

  7. #7

    Default

    Thought you preferred these kind of dries Korrie?

    http://www.winonaflyfactory.com/tag/the-x-factor-nymph/

    What does your fly imitate or just a general attractor?
    “Apparently people don't like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, 'Oh! Wait a minute - I was wrong.' I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you” ― Lemmy Kilmister

    Reap the Whirlwind - WM

    Paradise = A 3wt Rod & a fist full of someone else's #32 parachutes

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    Hi, I do prefer those.
    But if you look above the first picture, there is the following quote.
    ”The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” Christopher McCandless

    It represents a mayfly that I say on the streams. The idea for this fly came after looking at one of naturals floating on the river, and looking at the standard Adams etc. The round front profile of a normal dry fly, have never looked like a mayfly etc. So I started to think how to "create the front profile of a mayfly drifting down to the trout.
    http://nzflyfishingphotography.files...8/mayfly-2.jpg

    http://www.fly-fish-bc.com/Images%20...yfly-adult.jpg

    The 2 cdc puffs/pompoms imitates the legs and thorax on the water.
    The 2 cdc wings the mayfly's wings.

    But I suppose you can fish it as a general attractor, the X-factor will be succesfull in catching fish for you.

    I have to thank Mark Krige, as I have exchanged quite a few conversations about the fly, the potential etc
    Last edited by Korrie; 18-10-13 at 07:14 AM.
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    Now That is one mean looking fish fetching machine. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into getting the fly "Just Right" and the proportions look to be very even over the whole fly.

    I am not a real fan of CDC only because to me the end product has such a short life. Or is it just that CDC needs a lot more care and attention than I am prepared to give?
    Hi Jax.
    love the "one mean looking fish fetching machine". First time I have heard that expression. On one of the first trips to the river, this season, with very high flows, this fly took 15 fish in 2,5 hours. So I presume your expression is very fitting for this fly.

    CDC does not have a short life, as you think. As mentioned, I took lots of fish with one fly.
    a. make sure you carry these little packets of 10 tissues, prepacked in the little bags. in your fly vest.
    b. if the cdc gets wet, take tissue, gently squeeze and rub, the cdc will be dry.
    c. if you caught a fish, wash in the river, to get rid of the slime, and squeeze dry with a tissue.
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,075

    Default

    In summer with low water, I will definitely trim some of the CDC, below the hook shank, out, so that the fly sits "much lighter on the water"
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •