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Hey guys, I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find some info on how to tie the Nova Scotia Blue Upright pattern. I've been getting into tying lately, and would love to try this fly out.

I've been looking on youtube with no luck so far, and can't find anything on google. Lots of pictures of the finished product, but nothing step by step :(

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks, 902

edit: also looking for a good spider pattern, I've been hearing they work, but there seem to be quite a few variations. Thanks guys
 

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To tie a Blue upright here is the recipe I use:

Dry Fly hook #12 or smaller

Tail: Blue Dun Barbules

Body: stripped peacock herl wound towards eye coated with head cement(optional)

Hackle: Blue Dun

Some tie it with wings but I don't.
 

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Awesome thanks raven5ns. Do you prefer tying it without the wings because it fishes better, or is it just more of a hassle to tie? I found a similar (I think) fly that uses dun grey hen hackle cut (or burned, using a disposable lighter and a brass wing-burner), are the wings close to that on the blue upright?
 

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Hi 902

I never use a Blue Upright so can't help you there.

For spiders I use a 16 dry fly hook with a body of peacock herl.

Then a few turns of black hackle. A simple fly but effectice from time to time.

It works especially well when the snails are up in late April.

See Paul Marriners book on Ponds and Lakes,

www.galesendpress.com/index.html a useful book at twice the price!

Have fun

Paul
 

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902, I never found the wings made a whole lot of difference in it's effectiveness. If you want wings, use a dark grey duck wing segment which would do the trick. Come mayfly season there is nothing more effective than a Blue Upright IMHO. I always have them in my flybox.
 

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I agree with Paul on the black and peacock - a very easy tie.

You can also palmer your black hackle for an easy and effective dry fly.

If you want to go one step further, put on a flat deer hair wing and voila a "dark caddis"

This is on of my favourite dry flies for fishing in Nova Scotia - easy to tie and really effective 12s or 14s
 

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Hi Paul,

Do you strip the peacock herl or use it as a herl body? For the black hackle do you use a hen hackle or other soft hackle like a classic English North Country spider? Thanks, bud.

Hi 902

I never use a Blue Upright so can't help you there.

For spiders I use a 16 dry fly hook with a body of peacock herl.

Then a few turns of black hackle. A simple fly but effectice from time to time.

It works especially well when the snails are up in late April.

See Paul Marriners book on Ponds and Lakes,

www.galesendpress.com/index.html a useful book at twice the price!

Have fun

Paul
 

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hi Tim

I use the peacock herl as a body.

I'm not too fussy about the hackle.

Hen or cock doesn't seem to matter.

Sometimes I might use a dark hackle - brown to example.

I guess you could use whatever is at hand and that's good.

Paul
 

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a peacock body spider with pretty much any dark hackle looks buggy as heck in the water

If you wanted to get real fancy you could use partridge neck/body feathers (or grouse), nicely barred and dark enough
 

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Thanks for the tips guys I'll be trying these out on the vise gotta fill up the boxes for spring: D
 
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