Tying Video – The Beauty

The latest fly is the Beauty.  Other than this fly also being in Ray Bergman’s book Trout, it is located on plate #1 and the recipe is on page 424, I do not know much about this fly.  I chose it because I like working with Guinea fowl and I like flies with a lot of contrast. The Beauty is also a very dark pattern, almost completely black, which is great for muddy water or dark stained water.  A lot of people are not aware of the correct colors to fish in certain water conditions.  There is an old saying “dark water dark patterns, clear water bright patterns”.  To most it would seem this is the opposite of what it should be.  Bright colors and lots of flash should be what works in muddy water.  The problem is the bright colors and flash get buried in the brightness of muddy water.  Look at it from the perspective of the fish.  Your in the water, there is all sorts of coffee with cream colored water flowing all around you.  With the sun out or even partially shaded the water around you is a flat somewhat bright color all around you.  It is great that predators can not see you but you can not see your pray either.  However,  something dark passing though the water will get the attention of the fish.  It could be a nymph, insect, baitfish or a leaf, either way you can see it and investigate.  The Beauty fits this situation perfect.  A dark pattern with a little flash, it stands out well in muddy water or darker stained water.  That doesn’t mean you can not, or should not, try it out in clear water but the Beauty is a fly I would try first if the water has turned muddy or dark over say the Dr. Burke.  As I mentioned, I like working with Guinea fowl and the Beauty certainly scratches that itch to work with this particular material.  The Guinea flight feathers used to make the wing of the Beauty are similar to working with Turkey.  A little wider at the base of the barbs and tapering as you get to the end of the barb (I talk about this in the video).  However, the tips do not have any barbules on them and taper very quickly.  If you look at the flight feathers closely you will notice one side of the feather is the tapered barbs and the other is more like what you might be used to when using duck feathers.  The nice thing is you can use either side of the feather to different effect.  This makes the Guinea fowl feathers very versatile.  Plus, you can stain them to further broaden their usefulness.   All in all, The Beauty will have a place in my box this season and I will let you know how it does.  – Enjoy.

Thread: Danville 6/0, Black & White
Tip: Danville Mylar Tinsel, Gold, #14
Tail: Guinea Fowl
Rib: Danville Mylar Tinsel, Gold, #16/18
Body: Danville 4-Strand Rayon Floss, Gray
Hackle: Schlappen, Black
Wing: Guinea Fowl
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