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Ecuador Fly step by step
This isn't so much a tutorial as it is just a picture by picture guide of how I got to the end fly.

*Some of the things I do are not traditional, I realize that.
**I'm not hiding anything I do and will answer any questions about steps I take to achieve the end result.
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  • Ronn Lucas Sr - Powder Coated Hook
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  • JEC silk floss tag
  • Ron Alcott gold tinsel for the tip
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  • The eye is made up of gold, blue, and red heavy wire I bought at Michael's Crafts and I twisted it using 2 pair of hemostats.
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  • I used 3 toppings to make this tail which is my usual lately.
  • Ostrich herl dyed by John McLain - as are all feathers in this fly.
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  • I used a thinner variation of Uni Stretch to build my bodies and found a source on eBay for $5 US
  • As you can see, I build them up.
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  • This section is a combination of antique tinsel I got from Doug Millsap and blue metallic thread I got from Joann Fabric.
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  • Another butt section of dyed Ostrich herl from John.
  • More JEC silk floss both yellow and red, as well as round red tinsel.
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  • Underwing mounted; dyed GP tippet from John.  
  • I prefer to cut mine along the rachis and sometimes even less when needed.
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  • I almost exclusively use schlappen for throats, I just like how thick and "webby" it is and the final look.
  • Tying it in this way is probably one reason I end up with pancake heads.
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  • Wing mounted - Dyed turkey tail again from John.
  • While I do not cut the ends of my wings, I do use tweezers to to clean up the ends prior to cutting them from the feather.
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  • JC side tied in.
  • The pancake head is starting to take shape.
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  • Indian Crow sub from John added.
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  • Kingfisher side added and 2 toppings.
  • Again, I rarely use just 1 topping and in most cases 2.
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  • Dyed Kori Bustard added for horns.
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  • Head finished with blue UV nailpolish.
  • Voila!
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Jon Kopczyk

Nice Jon !
and there you go.

that electric blue really centres your immediate view.
well done, mate.

Very nice Jon. Thanks for the SBS.


Very cool photos Jon!!!
Happy Trails!

Ronn Lucas, Sr.
You always manage to make something like this us mere mortals hope.
Petri Heil,
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits - Albert Einstein
Great SBS Jon!!


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