This is the first fly tying weave I learned. It creates a great looking fly with opposite colors on the top and bottom. The technique can easily be used on extended bodies as it does not require the bobbin to be removed when weaving. Another nice thing about this weave is you can let go of the material in between tying each knot. This allows the inspection of the weave, and also makes it easier to undo the knots if something needs to be corrected. This weave makes a durable fly. If one strand of material gets chewed, the fly still stays together.
- Create an underbody. This braid works well with flat bodies. Two pieces of lead tied to each side of the hook creates a nice flat body.
- Select two pieces of material. Typically the darker color will be on the top of the fly and the lighter color on the bottom. For a size 4 or 6 hook about 12 – 14 inches of material is about the right amount.
- Starting close to the eye of the hook, take the darker color material and start tying it in on the side of the hook that is nearest to you. Tie it to the back of the hook where you want the body to start.
- Take the lighter color material and tie it on the opposite side of the hook.
- Tie off the thread and remove the bobbin.
- Position the hook so the eye is facing you.
- Below the hook take the light color material over the dark color material and make an overhand knot.
- Separate the knot .Take the darker color material and slip it over the shank of the hook and take the lighter color under the hook. Position the material to the back of the hook, and then pull the know tight. When pulling – pull out to the sides of each fly. Each time each knot is made, make consistent tension and direction of the materials.
- Repeat these process. Make sure the darker material is behind the lighter material when making the overhand knot.
Flies using the overhand weave: