My Pentax point and shoot sucks and with it's built in flash and not being able to utilize natural outdoor lighting, the photos exhibit harsh contrast, annoying shadows, and hot spots, but I hope they will suffice for now to get the tying steps across.
My skater was born out of the necessities of of pure function, so efforts to create a pattern that stays on top and has good visibility were the key goals in it's conceptualization. Over time, the pattern continues to evolve and I continue to tinker with colors, visibility posts, flash, etc. This pattern is one that lends itself to many color combos, but I'll just use the purple/black/green butt version in this SBS.
hook: Mustad R73 (9671 equivalent), 2xl streamer hook. The Tiemco 5262 or other similar hook can be substituted. I most frequently use size 6's and 4's.
tail: Moose body
thread (rear half): white 3/0
Flash: purple holographic flashabou, over tail and cross wrapped up front
butt: florescent green floss, use a single strand
tinsel: Lagurtan fine oval silver
body: purple globrite floss
Foam shellback/lip: pink 2mm foam, cut into a tapered piece approx 1" x 3/8" x 3/16"
Flash ball: Large purple cactus chenielle (distributed by Hareline)
Thread (front half): 140 denier black gelspun, for strength in tying down the elk hair wing
Wing: Black Cow Elk, select a patch with as straight hairs as you can find. Too much curvature in the hair makes tying down difficult.
Rear facing visibility post: yellow 2mm foam, cut into a rectangular piece about 3/8" x 3/4". Cut a V into one side.
Front facing visibility post: orange 2mm foam, cut to approximately 3/16" x 1/8" x 7/8"
This is not a difficult fly to tie, but it is labor intensive, so be patient in learning to tie it. Even when I'm on a roll, I can take 20-30 minutes to tie each one.
So here we go - hope you have fun with this one and even get to experience seeing it disappear in a surface steelhead attack sometime!
|Materials laid out|
|I start by flattening the barb and putting a slight dropping bend in the hook using needle nose pliers.|
|Putting the bend in the shank is probably not a big deal, just appeals to my sense of aesthetics|
|Start the white 3/0 on the rear half of the hook. Wrap until even with the barb of the hook. This marks the body proportions I use on this fly.|
|Add four strands of holographic flashabou on each side of the tail if desired. Trim even with the tips of the tail.|
|Tie in tinsel rib|
|Tie in two strands of purple floss in front of the rear body section.|
|Wind the tinsel forward. I like to make 5 wraps for some strange reason. tie down securely.|
|Cut a tapered piece of pink foam about yey big. (This piece is 1" x 3/16" x 3/8"). This size works for both size 4s and 6s and will ultimately be trimmed in the end.|
|Tie pink foam in by the tip.|
|Tie in the the cactus chenielle by it's core, right in front of the foam.|
|Take three tight wraps, tie off.|
|Cross wrap 8 strands of purple holographic flashabou in front of the cactus chenielle.|
|Pull up on the flashabou and cut to even them out.|
|Cut a clump of black cow elk about yey big, Remove fluff and guard hair and even tips in a large hair stacker, set aside.|
|Tie off the white thread and start the black gelspun to facilitate tying down the elk. Wind the gelspun back until it is right in front of the cross wrapped flashabou.|
|While still holding on the the tips of the elk with the left hand, grab your scissors and roughly trim the butts of the elk down.|
|Evenly part the top section of hair with the closed tip of your scissors to allow the pink foam to be brought through.|
|I make an upward facing pinch in the pink foam and make a couple soft wraps and slowly tighten down. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or the thread will cut through the foam.|
|Cut a piece of yellow 2mm foam 3/8" x 3/4" for the rear facing visibility post.|
|Cut a V into half of this foam piece.|
|Upward pinch on the yellow foam before tie down.|
|Tie down with 2-3 wraps, tighen slowly, again careful not to apply too much pressure.|
|Cut a piece of orange 2mm foam for the front facing visibility post. I cut this one to approximately 1/8" x 3/16" x 7/8"|
|Tie the orange foam down with the wider side on the bottom, 2-3 wraps as seen above.|
|Work your thread under the fly and around just the eye of the hook, make a couple wraps.|
|Foam lip trimmed, this about what I like it to look like.|
|Top view - BC here I come! Oh darn, that's next fall....|
|Other flavors - black/blue, purple/black, green butt, October caddis, yellow/orange|
|A few extra flies|
I hope this SBS may help ease us into the winter season! Please feel free to comment with any questions or ideas you may have regarding my weird fly!
Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving and holiday season,