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    Arrow G's Turkey's Delight Mussel fly

    Dressing:

    Hook: #10 Daiichi 1120
    Leadwire 1st layer: 19x 0.020" / There might be scope for a bead I'll see.
    Leadwire 2nd layer: 17x 0.020" / There might be scope for a bead I'll see.
    Underbody: Brown thread.
    Tag: Orange thread.
    Overbody: Turkey Quills.

    No Julian it's not those pink sweeties you buy at the keffee....

    I had to put on my "sculpting hat" to come up with this pattern as there isn't much tying taking place apart from maybe securing the lead wire wraps and a tag to suggest a head. The lead wire is squeezed flat with a plier and then shaped with a foul to achieve a tapered underbody (broad to thin). Turkey quills (5 or so at a time) are glued on side ways top and bottom and trimmed to follow the profile of the underbody and then varnished with Sally Hansons to create the sheen. I think the lines of the quills imitate the growth lines perfectly. I'm going to fish it as a control / anchor fly as you need to fish it close to the bottom where the naturals occupy their space in the system or as a top dropper I'll see where they prefer it. The fly ride hook point up.









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    Last edited by Gerrit Viljoen; 07-01-12 at 12:45 PM.
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    Looks like a crispy piece of lamb when you first start carving the lamb on a spit. If you cast that near me at a braai, I would eat it!

    As a fly, that puppy is gonna wiggle like crazy on the way down - be interested to hear how it works?
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    Hey leave out my meat you chop!

    Here are more snaps of the TD but this one is different as I changed the taper around. I wanted to see for myself how it would look. I'm still toying with the idea of adding a orange bead and maybe rounding of the corners a lil more but I will see how they fare. I just hope I get to the river before winter.







    Last edited by Gerrit Viljoen; 08-01-12 at 11:40 AM.
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    Nice concept Gerrit - how durable do you think they will be??
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    Thanks Mario,

    It's got too many layers of glue and varnish so I doubt durability will be an issue but I will fish it and see.
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    Is this kudu biltong used?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Largie Whisperer View Post
    Thanks Mario,

    It's got too many layers of glue and varnish so I doubt durability will be an issue but I will fish it and see.
    Good stuff - I'm asking because it looks "flakey" to me from the pics. Looks great, and looking forward to hearing how/if it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamwari View Post
    Is this kudu biltong used?
    No man!! RHINO HORN STRIPS, stupid
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    BBQ flavored Biltong flakes idiots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Largie Whisperer View Post
    BBQ flavored Biltong flakes idiots!
    Crab stix slivers rather. Match the ''hatch'', G...
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