Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly
In October we launched a new feature on our site, the Fly of the Month. The first fly we highlighted was the Pumpkin Crunch, a parachute dry fly that you can dead drift while fishing for browns, brookies or rainbow trout. Here’s how to tie it!
Steps for tying:
1. Place hook in vise and wrap a thread base down the hook shank and back up and leave thread hanging 1/4 of the way back from the hook eye.
2. Take a pinch of Hi-Vis and tie in near the 3/4 section of the hook away from the hook bend and 1/4 of the way back from the hook eye. Tie it down on top of the hook aiming over the hook eye. Then take the Hi-Vis and pull it straight up and make wraps of thread in front of the pinch of Hi-Vis to get the post of the fly standing up straight. Then start making wraps around the Hi-Vis post while holding the top of the Hi-Vis with the other hand. You may be able to make some easy wraps around the post once you get it started without holding the top. You will be wrapping hackle around this post later, so make the wraps go up the post about a 1/4 of an inch. This creates the section that you will wrap hackle around.
3. Now select one hackle of each of a brown and grizzly rooster cape. Use a hackle gauge to select the correct size. For example, if you are using a size 10 hook, use the hackle gauge to select a size 10 hackle feather.
4. Once selected, turn both feathers with the faded part of the feather toward you and place the brown feather behind the grizzly. With your scissors, clip the butts of the hackle off. Then trim about 4 or 5 hackle fibers away from each feather to give you a place to tie the feather down against the post.
5. Place the two feathers together, with the faded sides facing you, up against the post and hold them there while making wraps of thread around the post to hold the feathers in place against the post. Once the lower part of the stems are secured straight up with the post, use a little head cement or glue and brush around the post to secure it. Leave the feathers standing straight up for now.
6. Tie in 3 Turkey Tail fibers. You can tie them in while they are together and then use a bodkin to split the fibers apart after they are tied in. The three fibers should be split in the back to imitate the look of a mayfly tail.
7. Tie in Hot Orange UNI-Floss. Start where the thread is hanging over the barb of the hook. Make consecutive wraps of floss one after another until you get against the post we created. Tie off the floss and cut off the excess. Now place your thread on the other side of the post. This is the side closest to the hook eye.
8. Now take both of the hackle feathers we left before and bend them downward so you can start wrapping them around the post. It may help to hold the top of the Hi-Vis post while wrapping both feather at the same time. Keep the wraps of hackle next to each other as you work your way down the post until you meet the top of the hook shank. Hold both feathers and keep the wraps tight while you take the thread and make about 4 wraps of thread around the feathers and the post. Now be careful and take your scissors and trim off the rest of the feathers.
9. Use your thread to wrap the rest of the front of the hook near the hook eye. The section from the post to the hook eye should be all brown thread. Once this is wrapped neatly with thread, whip finish, place a dab of head cement or glue after you clip off your thread.
10. Finally, trim the top of your Hi-Vis post. It should be about as long as the hook. It should be sticking up visible above the hackle feathers, as shown in photo.
11. The fly is complete.