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    Default Darter SBS


    The Darter is more a combination of existing fly patterns than a truly unique fly pattern. The idea was to create a smooth transition between the different materials, and also a fly that casts easily, darts from side to side, does not foul when casting and ultimately darts fish. The upside down version has proven to be very effective where structure or drifting weed patches are found.


    The original Darter (Dusky Darter) above was mainly developed to target kob in the Breede river where structure is found.

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    Contact us info@winelandsflyfishing.co.za if you need to source any of the materials or need more clarity on any of the tying steps below.

    Hook - In general a shorter shank wide gape hook like the Gamakatsu SL12S and B10S.
    Thread - 140 Denier / Mono.
    SF Blend - Just add H20 Products.
    Bucktail (hackle and zonker can also be used).
    Polar Fiber brush - Just add H20 Products.
    Lateral scale and flash optional.
    Felting Wool.
    Stick on Eyes.
    Solarez UV resin.
    UV Torch.


    The Solarez resins do what they say! Dries tack free and are available in thin, thick and flex. I have used the flex on the Darter below.


    I use the Solarez Bone Dry over the eyes for additional durability.


    The guys at www.fishient.com have a great range of Polar Fibre brushes.

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    WOW, neat looking fly.
    The Fibre brushes are great
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    Tie in tapered lengths of SF Blend (3 x hook shank length), top and bottom half way down the hook shank.



    Select bucktail approximately 90% the length of the SF blend and tie it in forward. It is optional to add a lateral sideline or some belly shine flash. The bucktail will add volume and structure. The pattern above has tan on top and white on bottom.


    Push the bucktail back with a pen cap or casing.



    At this point do not tie the bucktail down as shown above, since it will compact the final profile.



    Create a "thread foot" infront of the bucktail, slightly pinching the bucktail backwards.


    Expose and tie in the wire tip of the streamer brush, separate and align the fibers carefully on both sides of the wire.

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    Pull the fibers back and wrap forward in 2 to 3 touching turns. Ensure to leave enough space to finish the fly off.


    Separate the fibers with a bodkin or scissor tip, exposing the wire. Tie down and trim/twist off the wire.



    Use a fine comb to align the fibers and loosen trapped/wrapped fibers.



    Select a length of felting wool, 60% the length of the fly.


    Thin out the wool with a fine comb, aligning the fibers.


    Tie in 1/3 of the wool back and 2/3 forward.


    Do the same with the top colour wool.

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    Bring thread forward, between the top and bottom sections of wool and fold the wool back.


    Use a comb and comb the whole fly, blending the materails and this will ensure the wool to encapsulate the front section of the fly.


    A technique shown to me by Henkie Altena to add eyes without getting everything full of glue. Most craft stores sell small squares of double-sided tape and small wooden dowels. Apply superglue on the back of the eye and stick it on.


    Optional to add some effects marking with permanent marking pens and create the profile you want to achieve by holding the tail of the fly.


    Apply the Solarex flex resin evenly to a point just behind the hook bend.



    Hold the shape while firing away with the UV torch.


    With the weighted inverted version, first tie in a short length of hard mono (30lb) then turn the hook in the vice.


    Then proceed tying the fly as the steps above. There are a few differences.

    - Only tie the SF and the bucktail on the top half of the hook (same as a Clouser minnow)
    - Finish the fly up to the point where the UV resin is applied and cured.
    - The last step is to add a bead or beads, bring the mono through the hook eye and tie down. This acts as weedguard/deflector.


    Zonker tail - Wet version.

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    Tungsten bead in belly.

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    Fantastic stuff Philip, thanks so much for sharing... beautiful pattern!
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    Thank you and great pleasure Andre. Also one of those flies that's fun to tie.

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    Kwaai vlieg nicely done lyk na lekker wol daai thanx vir die link!

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    Nice tie mate.

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