Diving Frog

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ibookje
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Diving Frog

Post by ibookje » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:51 am

Not a classic fly but I'd guess you might enjoy the ride :)

I've been inspired by Larry Dahlberg and Dave Whitlock since the early 1990's. Look here to read about my search for the origins of the Dahlberg diver: https://bassbug.blogspot.com/2015/08/ho ... -frog.html


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Materials used: Belly hair, deer hair strips in several colors.
To get a nice natural mottling effect use colors that doesn't contrast too much.

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Set up a clean foundation of thread.
I still use Danville Flymaster Plus. You can get them anywhere, strong, very affordable & available in many colors.
Use stiff, wide and webby hackles for the tail (legs). Often called 'bass hackle'

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Add some rubber legs for some movement and joy :)

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Foundation for the collar

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Third stack

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Keep repeating the stacks.
Secure (whip finish or half hitch, a drop of super glue helps to make your stacks stronger) the steps after every completed stack to make sure your fly doesn't explode if an accident (thread breakage) happens :)

Make sure the upper and lower stacks are cleanly separated

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One of the last stacks of deer hair

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All stacking deer hair done!
Don't crowd the eye! Make sure you have enough room behind the eye to tie off

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Yup, belly side looks okay :)

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The head of the diver
Cut it in stages for more control. Use the first few cuts to check the balance of the stacks being even on top.
Make sure you cut the belly to have enough hooking gap

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I need a bath! Where's the tub? :)
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tie2fish
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Re: Diving Frog

Post by tie2fish » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:58 am

Nice hair work. That takes practice.

ibookje
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Re: Diving Frog

Post by ibookje » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:26 am

Thank you
It's a lot of work (and mess!) but the results make up for it :)

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Eperous
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Re: Diving Frog

Post by Eperous » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:23 pm

Very nicely done... ;)

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Re: Diving Frog

Post by Theroe » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:50 am

ibookje
Very nice work! Im wondering what thread you are using?

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squish67
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Re: Diving Frog

Post by squish67 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:24 pm

I have not seen many, if any, done as well and certainly none better! :D

ibookje
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Re: Diving Frog

Post by ibookje » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:33 am

Thank you all! :)

@Theroe:
I started with it some 25 years ago and I'm still using Danville Flymaster Plus.
You can get them anywhere, strong, very affordable & available in many colors.
It's not as strong as modern GSP but once you're used to it and know where the breaking limits are it still works very well.

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Re: Diving Frog

Post by Theroe » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:49 pm

ibookje wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:33 am
Thank you all! :)

@Theroe:
I started with it some 25 years ago and I'm still using Danville Flymaster Plus.
You can get them anywhere, strong, very affordable & available in many colors.
It's not as strong as modern GSP but once you're used to it and know where the breaking limits are it still works very well.
+1
Still my favorite everyday thread, in brown.
“Time to go fishing”

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