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Dougherty's Herring:

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Doughert's Herring fly

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Materials

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Hook: 6/0 2X Heavy / 2X Short Mustad C68S SS or similar

Thread: White Danville's Size A

Eyes: Mirage 3/8" Domed Easy Peel

Gill Plate: Epoxied markered Prismatic Silver Sili-Skin

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Body:

Layer 1 - Rainbow Shimmer blended with Pearl Blue Angel Hair

Layer 2 - Rainbow Shimmer blended with Rainbow Polar Flash

Layer 3 - Each side, flair several strands of Lavender Pearl Flashabou

Layer 4 - Yellow Yak blended with Yellow Pearl Regular Shimmerflash

Layer 5 - Mackerel Slinky Blend blended with Damsel Blue Angel Hair

Layer 6 - Several strands of Light Blue Flashabou Mirage

Layer 7 - Royal Blue Slinky Fibre tied sparse

Layer 8 - 1/3 Black Slinky Fibre blended with 2/3 Royal Blue Slinky Fibre

Layer 9 - 1/32" Blue Saltwater Holographic Flash

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Lateral Line: Each side, 2 strands of Blue Pearl Wide Shimmerflash or similar

Marker: Prismacolor Navy Blue over Grey over Light Blue, Black for detailed lines

Adhesives: Zap-A-Gap CA+ and Z-Poxy 5-Minute Epoxy

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Step-by-step tying instructions   Print instructions

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Materials can be substituted or mixed; however, color scheme and the concept of tying materials in ahead of previous wraps remain constant.

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History

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Dougherty's Herring was created in the spring of 2004.  It was designed with two purposes in mind.  The first was to design a realistic herring fly.  The second, to design a light fly that fished well in and around the shallow herring creeks of Martha's Vineyard.

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Much of the hook is exposed, but this is by design.  A natural keel is formed when the material is tied at a 45 degree angle to the hook.  This improves tracking through the water and reduces line twist.  Wide or narrow profiles can be achieved by simply spreading the materials more or less in Step 3.  Uses for this fly range from striper to bluewater fishing.

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Tying instructions

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STEP 1:

Hook positioning.  Angle the hook in the vise at approximately a 45 degree angle.  The steep angle promotes tying one layer over the next while allowing the bend and point of the hook to act as a keel when fished.

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STEP 2:

Layering.  Begin thread halfway down the shank and attach Layer 1.  Layer 2-9 will follow so as to finish with Layer 9 being the top.  Layer 4, 5 and 6 will be the longest acting as the tail (~ 8-9").  Layers 1, 2,3, 7 and 9 will be the next shortest (~ 5").  Finally, Layer 8 will be the shortest (~ 4").  Tie each layer in ahead of the previous layer's wraps.

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STEP 3:

Adhesives.  Once all layers are tied-in, whip-finish, cut thread and glue with Zap-A-Gap.  Once dry, apply approximately a dime-sized amount of epoxy to each side of the fly.  Slightly spread materials as epoxy sets promoting a wide profile.  Let dry.

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STEP 4:

Gill Plate.  Cut an appropriate shaped gill plate for each side using Prismatic Silver Sili-Skin.  Attach gill plates covering previously applied epoxy.  Marker and epoxy entire gill plate.  when epoxy becomes tacky apply an eye to each side.  Once dry, apply fine detail to the gill plates using a black marker.  The fly is finished, go fish!

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