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Ecuador Fly step by step
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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
www.jkflies.com

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#2
Nice Jon !
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#3
and there you go.

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

cheers,
shawn
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#4
Very nice Jon. Thanks for the SBS.

Regards,

Marty
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#5
Very cool photos Jon!!!
Happy Trails!

Ronn Lucas, Sr.
ronnlucassr.com
ronn@ronnlucassr.com
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#6
JK,
You always manage to make something like this complete...giving us mere mortals hope.
GRK
You cannot step into the same river twice - Heraclitus
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#7
Great SBS Jon!!

Thanks,
Lloyd
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