|(Extended Abdomen) Reel Wings Mayfly|
This is a pattern inspired by Agostino Roncallo's Ethafoam Extended Body Mayflies, where he use a very thin ethafoam to create his mayflies abdomen straight from the hook, instead having the body pre-tied on a metal rod or needle... What a creative idea.
I replace the Ethafoam with 3M Micropore Surgical tape and have it coated with flexament for extra durability.
For Agostino's creative Ethafoam Extended Body Mayflies, Pls see:
Thorax - Pheasant tail or Peacock herl fibers
Split tails - Brush fibers
Abdomen - Surgical tape and Dear / Elk hair
Legs - Dry fly heckle
Wings - Reel Wings by Joseph Ludkin
Hook - TMC 111 size 14, 12 and 10
Color marker and thread
Step by step tying instructions:
Prepare the Dry fly hook and tie in the brush fibers as tail
Fold over the fiber, tie down and trim to the desired abdomen length
Tie in a small tuft of dear hair
Cut a slide of Micropore Surgical tape about 3-4mm wide and wind on the hook, tie down the edge.
Wind the tape around the dear hair until the tip of the abdomen
Wind it back and finish at the hook, trim finish and tie down
Tie in the about 6-8 Pheasant tail fiber and dry fly heckle
Wind in the heckle and trim finish
Trim the top fiber and fold over the Pheasant tail fiber, tie down
Apply a small drop of control gel super glue
Put the wing in position and fold over the Pheasant tail fiber, tie down
Fold the fiber to the front again, tie down and trim.. whip finish
Color the abdomen and wings with desire color marker
Apply some flexament to the abdomen for extra durability
The Extended Abdomen Reel Wings Mayfly is complete.