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Termite


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Termites often find their way onto the stream when rotten parts of tree fall or during movement. Although the pattern was probably tied by someone at some point in time, the Renegade Fly Fisher developed the pattern after witnessing a termite hatch at Montauk State Park. Park personnel cut down several dead trees resulting in the water being covered with termites.

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Materials

Hook:Standard dry fly, TMC 100 - size 14 - 18
Thread:8/0 brown
Body:orange or yellow/orange floss
Over Body:Tan Fun Foam 2mm
Hackle:Brown saddle hackle
Wing:Brown saddle hackle


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Tying Instructions

  1. Cover hook shaft with thread to just above the barb.
  2. Cut a strip of foam about 1/2 cm wide or less. Trim one end to a taper and tie this end down on the hook just above the barb with the remainder of the foam strip lying back behind the hook.
  3. Tie on floss at base of foam above hook barb. Wind thread up to 1 1/2 eye width below the hook eye. Wrap floss to form an even slender body up to the thread and tie off.
  4. Bring thread down about 1/3 of the way back down over the floss body. Fold foam strip over and tie down at this point about 3-4 wraps forming the abdomen. Move the thread up to the end of the floss body just below the hook eye. Fold foam up to this point creating the thorax. Tie foam down with 3-4 wraps again. Trim foam off, bind down cut end.
  5. Tie in a hackle tip wing on each side of the body extending down past the foam overbody. Tie in a longer piece of hackle just above the wings and make 3 wraps. Tie off.
  6. Form a neat thread head. Whip finish and tie off.


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