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The Tippet Grub (Kelson) …

Its always good to dress a fun fly, this one is on a No. 1 Phillips of Dublin from Ron Reinhold. I have used Vernille “chenille” for the body which gives that solid appearance. The trick is to have the tippet feathers in increasing size towards the eye of the hook and it is most important to select the first tippet at the bend to have a length inside that of the hook gape; if not, the proportion of the fly will go awry. This was an ideal fly for this hook size, basically I couldn’t find a hackle for any other grub pattern.

The best tip of all (thank you Marvin) is to use two tippets at each stage, this will give enough fibres of sufficient length all the way around the hook shank; one tippet will give an unbalanced look to the fly.

Happy tying


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