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Hook : Mustad
2451, black short shank hook, sizes 6 - 3/0.
Thead : Black.
Tail : Black hackles, Black buck tail, Black sparkleflash.
Body : Black rabbit fur strips(crosscut not Zonker style).
Front Collar : Gold sparkleflash.
Eyes : Large gold bead chain.
Head : Black thread covered with epoxy.
1) Tie in thread at hook eye and advance
thread to hook bend.
2) Tie in two sets of three to four lack hackles either side
of hook shank deceiver style.
3) Again in deceiver style place some black bucktail over hackles.
4) Place strands of black Sparkleflash on top of tail section.
5) Wrap rabbit strips from tie down point of bucktail, flash
and hackles, along hook shaft for half and a bit of hook shank.
Basically like a palmered hackle but with wraps almost on top
of each other. Hair folding towards hook bend.
6) Use Gold Sparkleflash to form short single layer collar in
front of rabbit fur collar.
7) Form small tapered thread head.
8) Attach bead chain eyes.
9) Complete tapered head, tie off thread.
10) Coat head with layer of epoxy.
Original tied for late evening casting for the Golden Perch
(Yellowbelly, Callop) of Somerset Dam near Brisbane, Queensland
after noticing I had a lot of black material in the tying cabinet.
The rabbit fur collar was originally black feral cat, but that
material is not available to everyone. Fly has caught a nice
Goodoo (Eastern Cod) in the gorge country of the upper Clarence
River, New south Wales. Also troubled a few school Mulloway around
the Tweed River bridges in Northern New South Wales, trouble
only as most cut me off on the oysters attached to those pylons
real quick. I really like using this fly for predators at night
and have lots of confidence in it. I must tie some all white/pearl
ones for day time use.
A varied retrieve, with stops is best. As always no hard and
fast rules, use a stripping method you are confident with.
Target species are Murray Cod & Yellowbelly. In smaller
sizes for Australian Bass. In the salt, Mulloway around bridge
pylons. I am sure Barramundi and other tropical species would
be enticed by this imitation too.
Around structure, along the edge of
horizontal logs it is dynamite. A great night time fly as it
pushes a lot of water and provides a good silhouette from below.