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Snowshoe Rabbit Foot tying with Sheldon Seale Feb 23


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Zoom Meeting:  Feb 23 at 7:00 pm (Mountain Time)  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Zoom info at http://www.nlft.org/Zoom


Tying With Snowshoe Rabbit Feet

Snowshoe Rabbit (aka. Varying Hare) is an excellent choice of materials for dry flies and emergers. However, some tyers find it somewhat problematic to work with. In this session, Sheldon will take you through the basics of selecting quality materials, what parts of the foot are best suited for wings, tails, etc. and then tie a variety of patterns to demonstrate both the methods and versatility of this highly buoyant material.

Pattern List (partial)
The Usual (and some variants)
Snowshoe caddis
Snowshoe Wedge-wing
Snowshoe spinner
Snowshoe emerger
Snowshoe shuttlecock
Snowshoe IOBO  

Please see pattern recipes below.

About Sheldon

Sheldon is an award winning fly tyer, past president of the Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, inductee in the Canadian Fly Fishing Museum and an avid fly angler. He was fly tying editor of the Canadian Fly Fisher magazine and a guide with the Grand Guides Co-op. He has sat on many advisory boards, committees and is a member of various conservation and fishing organizations. Now retired, when he's not spending time with his family, he’s fishing!

 

Materials List:

The Usual (and some variants)
Hook     dry fly, sizes 18-10
Thread  red or bright orange
Tail        snowshoe rabbit foot hair, from the heel
Body     rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Wing     snowshoe rabbit foot hair, from the toes, haystack style

Snowshoe Caddis
Hook     dry fly, sizes 18-10
Thread  red or bright orange
Body     rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Wing     snowshoe rabbit foot hair, tied back

Snowshoe Wedge-wing
Hook    dry fly, sizes 18-10
Thread  match to body colour
Tail        hackle fibres
Body     rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Wing     snowshoe rabbit foot hair, single wing over the back
Hackle   dry fly quality, appropriate to body colour

Snowshoe spinner
Hook     dry fly, sizes 18-10
Thread   match to body colour
Tail         hackle fibres
Body      rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Wing      snowshoe rabbit foot hair, tied spent (I like dun dyed foot for this)

Snowshoe emerger
Hook     curved, light wire grub hook, sizes 14-10
Thread   match to body colour
Tail         Krystalflash (root beer or pearlescent), short
Body      rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Wing      snowshoe rabbit foot hair, tied back, short

Snowshoe shuttlecock
Hook     curved, light wire grub hook, sizes 14-10
Thread   match to body colour
Tail         Krystalflash (root beer or pearlescent), shor, optional
Abdomen rabbit dubbing, colour of choice
Thorax   peacock herl
Wing      snowshoe rabbit foot hair, tied in between abdomen and thorax, pulled up over thorax and tied parachute style
Hackle    dry fly quality, tied parachute style, optional

Snowshoe IOBO(It Ought to Be Outlawed)
Hook     dry fly, sizes 22-16
Thread  match wing colour
Body      snowshoe rabbit foot hair
Wing & Back snowshoe rabbit foot hare from instep pulled up over body and tied upright over hook eye

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