The Sandy Mite, A Woven Hackle Fly Pattern fly developed Franz Pott, from Missoula, MT.
This Sandy Mite fly tying tutorial is brought to us by www.TheWeeklyFly.com with Randy Flynn demonstrating.
The Sandy Mite is a very traditional pattern from Montana. This fly pattern actually requires both Elk and Horse Mane along with embroidery thread. The Elk Mane actually gets weaved into a hackle, an involved and tedious task, however well worth the effort.
The Thread needed is a 6/0 … nothing smaller, anything less than 6/0 is likely to break. Also, you will not want to go anything larger than 6/0 thread because this will create to much bulk.
In this tutorial, Randy shows us how to make the George Grant Weave. This weave is much easier to use compared to the weave Franz Pott used in achieving the Sandy Mite Fly.
In constructing the Sandy Mite, placement of embroidery thread on the far side of hook once hook is inverted. This will ensure that the embroidery thread stripe is on the bottom of fly where it belongs.
Originally the hair used in this Sandy Mite Woven Hackle Fly Pattern was Ox Ear Hair. This Ox Ear hair was extremely hard to work with, therefore the change to Horse Mane Hair.
A tip when making this fly pattern is to make sure you are using Horse Mane hair not the tail. The reason for the Horse Mane hair is because the tail hair is way to course.
Another thing to be sure of is that your hook is securely locked into your vise to prevent slippage. There is a lot of pressure needed when making this Sandy Mite during the weaving procedure.
Once the Horse Mane and embroidery thread are weaved onto the hook you will have a straight line (from the thread) along the bottom of the fly. Give this Sandy Mite Woven Hackle pattern a try, it may be long and tedious to do one fly however the finished fly will be amazing.