Spellbound by Hitchcraft
Two decades of fishing with the Riffling Hitch V-FLY has given us a front row view into the fascinating life of the salmon and the way we as anglers can work our flies – Just the mere fact that the Riffling Hitch fly might bring out one of the most spectacular hook-up’s of the season – make me tie them on when the conditions are right
Importance of detail in Riffling Hitch flies
There is no middle ground between success and failure when it comes to tying Riffling Hitch flies on tube – They either work or they don’t
As salmon anglers we prefer a consistency in the ability to have the fly staying on the top and at the same time we want a fly that live at the end of the leader
Detail could be make or break and I could illustrate this by comparing the art of Riffling Hitch fly design with that of building miniature boats or air-planes… Make a small alteration to your design – and it could have big impact on the ability and potentials of your construction…
If we bring it into the world of fishing tackle design – one could very much draw a parallel to the design of the perfect plug or lure.
Super designed trolling bait like The Apex and Rappala plug are not designed to move in just one specific way all the time – They have to work with-and-in the flow of water and act somewhat unpredictable. To move in an unpredictable way is actually a Hallmark of superior lures and something that also could be part of a specific fly design – in particular that of Riffling Hitch flies tied on a tube.
An into depth story on the art of building riffling hitch tube flies
Tying the V-FLY ™
The V-FLY is one of the most simple and yet effective riffling hitch flies you can get. Used by many 100 anglers every season it consistently produce fish on the bank – You will be surprised to see how this neutral pattern bring fish to the surface
If you follow our outlining on this specific pattern closely – You will get one of the best salmon Riffling Hitch flies you can carry in your box.
The V-Fly ™ that you find tying instructions to below is cut into proportion to make a fly with all the right abilities.
Use fly from both banks
The position of the hole for insertion of the leader makes this fly equally good from both banks. The dimension of the tube makes the Riffling Hitch fly leave a delicate and highly attractive wake behind.
Construction of the V-shaped wing and the soft squirrel hair will work wonders on difficult fish .
The inner diameter of the tube supports the hook thus giving you the possibility to leave the hook in your favoured position – Using single double or treble hook.
Low memory tubing
The tube that we use is made specifically for this fly – Produced from a unique compound that gives us a tube that wont split easily – but will support your hook (keeping it in place) The tube will eventually fall back into place after you ended fishing and removed the hook.
To move in an unpredictable way is actually a Hallmark of superior lures and something that also could be part of a specific fly design – in particular that of Riffling Hitch flies tied on a tube
Tying instructions for the Silver tippet V-FLY ™
Position of hole from front of head 4 mm. Make hole in the tube with a hot needle (fly in picture has caught 22 fish and is now on pension
Fix tube to needle. Make sure to put the entrance hole for the leader right opposite the center of the wing. The tread I use is 12/0
Add cheeks of jungle cock – Whip finish and use a bit of super-glue for the head
Ready spawned Riffling Hitch V-FLY
Thin hair for Riffling Hitch flies
Hair from squirrel is a fantastic material – But select your squirrel tails with care. We prefer hair from small animals on our Riffling Hitch flies… Try it ! and see how such a fly can outperform other flies in the box
We are proud to offer specially selected Silver tip squirrel tails (Eastern Grey squirrel)
We know a game warden in the UK that set traps for squirrel as part of a pest control plan – We get selected small tails that we cure for fly tying
We normally have a small stock of these first-rate Riffling Hitch tails.