Founded 1994 by Armand Courchaine
Demonstrated by Dick Pearce
The link below takes you to a website with illustrated instructions.
The following link above takes you to a website with illustrated instructions. But it doesn't deal with the difficulties of what Bob Popovics calls his hardest fly.
Here are a few suggestions:
The “Hollow Fleye” is formed by a series of
reverse-tied, flared cones. Water flows though them to impart lifelike
movement. The fly requires mastering two difficult techniques:
Winding the reverse tie. A small pinch of coarse hairs from the lower part of the deer tail must be spread evenly around the hook shank. Hold them with tips forward and wind 2-3 loose wraps, leaving no more than 1/8 inch of the butts behind the thread. Then pinch the butts with your left hand, starting at the top, until they look even. (I have a tendency to pull back on the butts as I pinch, increasing the length behind the thread; practice to avoid this.) Finish with a tight wind so that the tips flare.
The reverse tie is made with the hollow tube of a ballpoint pen (Popovics uses a Dynaking hair stacker). Lift the top hairs with your left hand and slide the tube till the tips are behind the hook bend. Then, grasping the hairs firmly with your left thumb and forefinger, slide off the tube, pull the thread all the way forward, and start winding against the rounded base of hair, holding firmly to the tips. The thread will gradually form a cone, which controls the size of the flare. More wraps and more thread tension reduce the flare. Wind until you are satisfied with the shape. Hold it under water to see what it will look like when fished.
Controlling the cone. Don’t vary the size of the flare much when you make the next cone. You need a minimum of three cones to form the fly. Leave at least 3/16th of an inch between cones.
The last hair cone should end very close to the eye. The final thread cone will push it back and form a head. (If you have a problem you can push a cone back with a hair pusher.)
Use tab eyes (they have them at the Bear’s Den), which are easily wound into the head and will stay in place without any more glue. If you want larger eyes, stick one onto the tab eye.
See what your fly looks like by pulling it through 2-3 inches of water in a basin. To give the dry fly more shape, hold it under running water and let it dry naturally with the tail down. Do this twice.
Look carefully at the other “Hollow Fleyes” on the website to get an idea of the range of shapes—formed by the range of cone sizes and hair lengths. It is not necessary to shorten each pinch of hair, unless you want to create a specific effect.