What I thought I would do though, is show you in a small image by image tutorial, How you can create volume and size in a fly with minimal materials and especially with materials you might not have looked at using before.
Party wig bought from a toy shop
Here I have taken a small clump of the green hair strands from the wig + - 50mm worth and added a few strands of gold and silver flash.Tie onto the end of the shaft with everything facing towards the hooks eye.Make sure that the materials are equally spread around the hook shaft.I always start with shorter sections from the back increasing the length as I move forward along the shaft.
Pull back the materials and tie in directly behind the clump. Don't tie over these materials - just build up behind it.
Once you think you have enough cotton build up, release materials it should look something like this
Now add a slightly larger clump of the black hairs from the wig approx 55mm long and tie in just in front of the first Collar,making sure it is evenly spaced around the hook..Tie in tight.....
Pull back the black hair and build up again with your cotton behind the clump remembering not to tie over the hair.
Release the materials and you can see the second collar spring back
Repeat this method as many times as you want.as you can see the fly is starting to take form and has considerable size to it already with minimal materials
Every so often I like to mix in other colours with some flash. Always remember to make sure that you add a slightly longer collar than the last
This is just a killer fly as it just pulses through the water between rests and retrieve and weighs practically nothing.Once you've done these a few times you can probably knock one out in around 20 min.
Here is the end product.As you can see this fly has loads of volume to it.This works well at all depths and I sometimes tie them with dumb bell eyes to get them down deep. I also finished it off with 3 different coloured green Maribu hackles tied in on the front.
Party wig- Black and lumo green
Red cotton - Any colour will do
Hook - Mustad long shank 6/0
Flash - Silver & Gold + Crystal mirror flash/Blue
Maribu feathers - greens