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Second Tom Nixon Memorial Fly Swap, 2004


Originator: Vince Marinaro

Although Tom Nixon didn't originate this pattern, he felt it was an effective panfish fly and included it in all three editions of his book, "Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish."

Hook: Dry fly, #12-28
Thread: Black 8/0 or 10/0
Legs: Hackle palmered over body
Body: Peacock herl
Wing: Traditionally jungle cock nail, but the substitution of a preened featehr of tyer's choice may be made.

A traditional tie of this fly uses just a body of tying thread. Preened feathers of jungle cock quail or starling are often used to replace the jungle cock nail wing. To preen a feather: Choose a small feather and strip all the fuzz from the base so there is a clean stem to hold on to. Put a drop or twom of head cement on the feather. with the first figer on the bottom of the feather and the thumb on top of the feather, squeeze down tight while drawing the feather through the fingers. Do this several times until the glue sets. The tighter you squeeze ther narrower the feather should get, resulting in a narrow oval feather. Allow the cement to dry completely. Trim the top of the palmered hackle off before setting the wing.

Tyer: Tony Spezio, Flippin, AR

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