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Soldier Palmer

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The Soldier Palmer


The Soldier Palmer Fly Tying Materials
Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 1

Step 1

Catch the thread onto the hookshank.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 2

Step 2

Catch in a length of red wool and secure to the hookshank to a position opposite the barb. Return the thread to a position just short of the eye and trim the waste wool at the eye end of the hook.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 3

Step 3

Catch in a length of oval gold tinsel and secure to the underside of the hookshank.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 4

Step 4

With the thread at a position opposite the barb, apply some dubbing wax to the thread and dub some wool fibres onto the thread.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 5

Step 5

Wind the dubbing up the hookshank to create a neat and even body. Make sure to leave enough space for the head hackle and building of the head.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 6

Step 6

Catch in a brown cock hackle and wind the hackle palmered style in open turns down to the position of the oval tinsel.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 7

Step 7

Whilst still keeping the hackle taught, take the oval tinsel and wind it up the hookshank securing the hackle as you wind. If you rock the tinsel from side to side as you wind, it will prevent the majority of the hackle fibres getting trapped. Secure the tinsel and trim waste tinsel at the head end and waste hackle at the tail end.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 8

Step 8

Now catch in a brown cock hackle for the head hackle. The barbs on this hackle should be considerable longer than the hackle used for body hackle, each tyer usually has their own preference on length of barbs to be used. Wind the hackle towards the eye, each turn in front of the previous one. Secure the hackle and trim any waste.

Tying the Soldier Palmer Step 9

Step 9

Create a neat head, trim the waste thread and varnish the head. Take the wool used for the tail tight between finger and thumb and with one cut of the scissors cut the tail to the desired length.

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