Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly
Every month we feature one fly, give you links to all the ingredients and a full list of steps to complete the fly for yourself. For December 2016, we offer you the SALAD SHOOTER FLYMPH!
Hook: Mustad 94840, Size #12 (This fly was originally designed using the Mustad 94842 up-eye which has been discontinued. We’ve made a down eye substitution.)
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer Red Floss
Body: Spirit River UV2 nymph/caddis dubbing olive spun on a Clark Block* (photo below right)
Rib: UNI Flat Embossed French gold tinsel Xtra Small
1. Place hook in vise and make a few thread wraps near but not against the hook eye.
2. Select a partridge feather by holding the feather stem near the hook eye and see if the barbules extend just beyond the bend of the hook. This will be about the right length.
3. Peel away the fluffy part of the feather away from the stem. Lay the feather on the hook shank with the faded side facing you. Wrap down the feather with the start of the fibers near the hook eye. Leave room for a small thread head. The top of the feather should be hanging straight off the front of the hook past the eye. We will get back to that near the end. Wrap down over the feather stem towards the bend of the hook. Leave the floss hanging just in front of the barb.
4. Select another partridge feather. You will use 3 of the barbules of this feather for a tail. The tail should be about as long as the entire hook including the eye. Clip 3 barbules off of the feather and tie the very base of those barbules on top of the hook shank and make a few wraps of floss around them. The barbules should be separated like you see in the photo of the fly. You can do this with a sharp bodkin.
5. Next, tie in the gold tinsel and let it hang out of the way for now.
6. Next, take one of your dubbing loop bodies that you have already spun on your Clark Block and tie in the end. Move your floss up near the hook eye where you tied your partridge feather in.
7. Use your hackle pliers or your fingers to wrap your body up until you reach your thread and wrap it down with a couple of turns. You don’t want to build up a lot thread. Clip off excess.
8. Now wrap your tinsel trying your best to space the wraps evenly up until you reach the same point. Wrap it down to secure it with just a few turns. Clip off the excess of your tinsel.
9. Now grab your partridge feather with hackle pliers and turn three turns back toward your thread. Wrap it down to secure it and then make a turn underneath to go in front of the feather you just wrapped, to make a floss head with wraps. You don’t need to build up a lot of floss here, but try to make it triangular in shape, going from a little thicker to thinner floss wraps up against the hook eye and whip finish.
10. The fly is complete!
* More on the Clark Block
The body of this fly was spun on a Clark Block. The Clark Block was created by Richard Clark to mimic the same technique that Jim Leisenring used when creating bodies for flymph style flies on his knee. Visit William Anderson’s website for more information about Clark Blocks.
Spinning bodies on a Clark Block is very addictive and fun. Once you learn how to do this, you will end up with cards of bodies ready to tie in for your flies.