I did another article on a Charles DeFeo method, (DeFeo
style throat hackle), recently here and while researching
it in my trusty The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference,
by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer (Frank Amato Publications),
also found the "DeFeo Side Mounted Bundled-Fiber Legs."
I have never used this method on any fly patterns calling
for either side legs, and decided to try it. After tying
a fly for this article, I have found it is a simple and
effective way of tying. This method is usually one of
the last steps in the fly construction.
Position the bundled-fibers leg on one side of the fly,
pinching the fibers, using your right hand.
Switching to your left hand, you maintain the proper
position of the fiber legs, while lightly wrapping one
times around the hook shank. With the thread beneath
the hook shank, pull on the thread to increase the
tension. Pinching the bundled-fiber leg tightly, while
increasing the tension, will keep the fiber legs in
place. Keeping a tight pinch grip on the fiber legs,
take a second complete wrap of the hook shank, secure
with a half hitch.
Repeat the above instructions for the other side.
After securing the second fiber leg, wrap forward few
more times, and secure with a half-hitch. Trim waste
bundled-fiber legs, from the fly.
If you want the leg fibers to flare more, you can
achieve this by tightly wrapping the thread back
over the previous wraps, while pinching both fiber
legs next to the fly's body. After each wrap,
release the fiber legs to determine the fiber leg
flair. Once you have the desired flair, half hitch
to hold fiber legs in the proper flair. Now you
can complete the fly's remaining steps (In the
case of the fly in the photos that included building
the Thorax and completing a Wing Case).
I think the bundled-fiber legs make the fly more buggy
looking, than the same pattern without bundled-fiber legs.
I will now include fiber legs on my nymph patterns.
~ Steven H. McGarthwaite
I wish to thank Frank Amato Publications (Sponsor of FAOL)
for giving permission to use The Fly Tier's Benchside
Reference in the writing of this Tying Tip article! ~Parnelli
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