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Hook : 3x Long
Shank, (original was a Mustad 80050BR, but largest size available
in Australia only suited for trout)
Head : Bead head.
Thread : Dark brown or to suit.
Weight : A layer of lead wire at thorax.
Tag : Krystalflash.
Tail : Dark brown marabou or to suit.
Rib : Krystalflash.
Body : Dark possum fur.
Legs : Rubber legs, colour to suit.
Wingcase : Dark mottled turkey feather.
Thorax : Dark possum fur.
1) De-barb hook and slide on bead
2) Lay down a bead of thread.
3) Wrap hook shank with lead wire in the front half of hook shank.
4) Push wire right up against bead.
5) Cover with head cement, nail polish or super glue.
6) Advance thread to hook bend.
7) Tie in a single strand of Krystalflash, wrap in a tag with
it, leave rest of Krystalflash attached for rib material .
8) Coat tag with cement and let dry completely.
9) Tie in clump of marabou equal to length of hook.
10) Wrap thread around base of tail forcing it to stand up at
a slight angle.
11) Apply dubbing for one third of remaining hook shank.
12) Wrap on rib with rest of tag material, cut off excess.
13) Tie parallel on side of hook shank one length of rubber leg
per side. One set of legs pointing to rear and one past bead.
Front legs tied in to starting point of wingcase .
14) Apply dubbing to starting point of wingcase.
15) Fold front legs back .
16) Tie in wing case to the top of hook shank.
17) Continue to apply dubbing to rest of hook shank up to bead.
18) Tie off thread behind bead.
19) Add a drop of head cement to thread.
Dubbing made by trimming off a pelt some dark natural fur into
a bowl of water and a little detergent. Then adding some synthetic
dubbing of choice (if pieces are a little longer than the fur
cut to size). Mix up till no lumps or clumps. Tip into a fine
sieve. Rinse with warm water, drain and place on some paper
towel. Once dry ready to dub on your patterns. Ratio for this
dubbing 4:1 (natural fur: sparkle dubbing).
Tied with lead on top of hook shaft only, wing case on bottom
of shank and marabou tail either side of hook bend thus inverting
the fly will give a pattern you can bounce along the bottom without
snagging up. Another option is to add a mono weed guard to the
standard pattern and cast into weed bed gapes where meditating
Golden Perch hang head down just waiting for something to come
by - works wonders on winter goldens in impoundments like Somerset
Dam in SE Queensland.
Original by Andy Burk for smallmouth bass and trout. (Fly Tyer
Summer 97 p 20)
Floating line, sink tip or intermediate even a full sinking line
all can be used. Whatever the rig you must get the fly to where
the fish are holding. Normally I use a floating line with a long
leader. Cast the fly past a structure, allow to sink, a few strips,
then allow to sink again. A sort of yo-yo retrieve. Watch for
the take on the pause between stripping sets. When the fish are
holding along drop-offs and underwater structure a sinking line
and shorter leader is used.
Target species includes Bass, Golden Perch and other natives
in the large sizes, Trout in the smaller versions. Original was
designed for smallmouth bass in the US.
Typical structure, steep banks, standing
timber and weed banks. If you can find some horizontal limbs
underwater, cast along the length for natives love to hold station
in the shade of such limbs.
Attractor pattern. Nymph in smaller