[Video] Irish Wet Fly Rebel (Variant) by Davie McPhail

Davie McPhail demonstrates how to tie a variant of the classic Irish wet fly, the Rebel, in this fly tying video.

Rebel Variant Material List

Hook: Kamasan B175, size 10
Thread: Uni-Thread, 8/0 black
Tail: Glo Bright Floss, purple (No. 15)
Counter Rib: Fine wire, silver
Rib: Uni-Mylar #14 (medium), Pearl
Body: Seals fur, dyed claret
Body Hackle: Saddle hackle, black
Hackle: Partridge, brown
Throat: Mallard feather, bronze
Wing: Mallard feather, bronze
Legs: Pheasant tail, knotted, dyed black
Collar: Tinsel, gold

Enjoy!

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GreyBuzzer says

Great tips on tying in the mallard, I always make a mess of that 🙂

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TotallyFlyTying says

Hi Davie,
I certainly wouldn’t be bored and would greatly appreciate it! I just can’t get the wing or topping right on a Jock Scott. My crests just dont have that cascading effect and my wings come apart.
If you have any hints or tips you can share with me i would be very very greatful.
Many Thanks…
Best Regards,
~David

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stephenjapp says

Thanks for the advise and sure hope that u get that mic fix/ replace as these vids are sure improving my tying ability.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Chance,

The only difference between the original Rebel and the one that I tyed is the legs, you could tye many variants from this style of fly in whatever colour you think would work..
I may sometime in the future think about tying a classic style fly but I would need to have lots of time to put this together and have all my equipment working perfectly and that’s not very often just now I can’t film due to my ear mic packing in all I did was blow into it to see if it was on..

ATB Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi stephenjapp,

When I worked at the fishery all I used was a shrimp pattern and my favourite a black pheasant tail tyed with copper wire fished along the sides and especially at the burn mouth. An odd time I would use a small damsel pattern which was no bigger than an inch either with a 2mm painted chartreuse or flo-red head..

All the best Davie

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txflytier says

Hi Davie

Great looking fly. what other colors do you tie it in? Or any other variants do you tie it in?
I know we talked about it before but I would love to see a series on a fully dressed classic salmon fly. Or a more simple one either way I could watch it over and over.

Thanks for the Great Videos
Chane

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stephenjapp says

Hi davie, what flies would u fish over the winter for fishery trout as I am fed up lure hauling and the place I fish (high dam) gets stalked once a week but near the end of the week I am struggling to fool resident fish :@ any tips ?

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DonieG1 says

Hi Davie, brilliant fly as per usual. I’m open to correction but I think that the original dressing was by a fellow Corkman. Cork is affectionately (or not) known as the Rebel County”. Looking forward to lots of new flies from that magical bench in Ayr.
Cheers, Donie, Cork City.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi John93Smith,

That’s what tying your own flies is all about trying something different, I’m sure it would take fish…

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Paul,

I too could watch someone tye a classic fly, Michael Radencich books are very good for anyone that is thinking of tying a classic or freestyle fly.
I’ll send you a link to his website as I can’t show it on this page…

All the best Davie

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John93Smith says

Hello Davie how are you doing ? i was wondering if you tied this on a B175 size 14 without the hackle and with the tail a pheasant tail so it would be a nymph would you say it could work ?
all the best ,
John

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McBeever2k9 says

Hi Davie,
I wam intersted in classic salmon fly tying and was wondering if you knew any good books to get started with that would explain materials, methods etc.
Thanks, Paul
ps. I personally wouldnt be bored watching you tie a classic salmon fly as i would most people I know who watch your videos!

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi sasquatch446,

I would like to film tying a classic style fly but like you said it would take a few uploads to put this on youtube but you would find as well most would be bored to tears waiting for the finished fly…

All the best Davie

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Kendo2007 says

superb looking fly, deffo need to tie a few of those bad boys up look superb and the head just looks excellent

many thanks
Kenny

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sasquatch446 says

Davie, another wonderful tie. I’ve seen some of your fully dressed classic salmon flies. Have you ever thought of making a video series of how to tie a fully dressed salmon fly? Or would it be too long?

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door2yourheart says

Brill tying as usual, and beautiful colour harmonies!
I still have a spool of the ‘old/antique gold’ Lurex, but not sure if it’s still obtainable.Copper tinsel/mylar would look nice though.
Best wishes, Alan

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Daniel (CpDannyboy0345),

I would never say no as I like to experiment myself that’s what makes tying your own flies fun and a red tail on any fly will always be worth trying, but I would try and stay close to the original dressing of the Rebel as possible as it’s a very good pattern to have in your box…

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi stephenjapp,

Cookshill and recently I got some from Ford fly tying but make sure you ask for the wild and not the domestic…

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Neil,

I bought the tinsel from Mayo Fly Craft and Lureflash a while ago but I’m not sure if they still do it, I may have to ask myself as I’m starting to run out…

All the best Davie

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