Jan's Flies

When learning to tie flies one of the methods that gave me great trouble was posts for dry flies. Most experienced tyers find the method quite easy, but if a learner tyer has not been shown how, like many other techniques, it can create big problems. I am often asked how to tie "posts" and what materials should be used.

The materials that can be used for "posts" are numerous - including; a bunch of hackle fibres, calf tail, deer hair, synthetics and more.
Texas whitetail deer hair and hi-vis are two materials that I frequently use. A lot of flies are tied with white posts, but sometimes a different wing colour is required.
Posts serve two main functions; firstly they make a solid foundation to wind the hackle around for parachute flies and secondly it makes the fly a lot easier to see - especially white posts.

Light gauge hooks are normally used for dry flies with "posts'.



From this point continue to tie whatever fly takes your fancy taking the thread back to the bend and tie in the tail etc.

Parachute Black Spinner

Single Post Red Tag
A great fly made even better. This is a great fly for streams where a white post improves the visibility enormously - especially when your fly is drifting in and out of the shadows. Follow the instructions above for the post - otherwise it is just a normal red tag.

Merry Christmas and good fishing over the break.
Jan Spencer