by Paul Beel: J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

This is a mishmash of several flies including Michigan Wet Skunk, Girdle Bug and Pat’s Rubber Legs. I’ve been toying with this for about a year and a half and added some materials to make it a bit more flashy, but white is definitely the main idea here. This was also just a fun fly to play around with. This is a fly that could be used for many species.
When you fish this fly it works the best if you throw it out and twitch it a bit here and there. The tail wags and you get a lot of movement from the legs as well. You can also swim this fly slowly if you wish.

Materials list:
Thread: Ultra Thread 140 denier – White
Hook: Firehole Outdoors 516 BL 60 Degree Heavy Jig Hook – size 6
Shank: Spawn Fly Fish Articulated Shanks – 20mm
Connection: 20lb Monofilament
Tail: Calf Tail
Legs: Round Rubber Legs
Rib: VEEVUS Iridescent Thread – Silver Snow
Body Dubbing: Hareline Hare’e Ice Dub – White
Weight: 0.015″ Lead Wire
Bead: Wapsi Painted Tungsten Bomb Beads – 5/32″ – white or any other similar size white bead

Tying Instructions:
1. Start with the 20mm shank and put it into your vise.
2. Wrap a thread base down on the entire shank closing the small gaps in the shank in the meantime.
3. Now tie in a small clump of calf tail on the back of the shank. This should be as long as the shank.
4. Next cut a piece of Round Rubber Leg that is two shanks in length. Line one end of the leg up with the end of the calf tail and tie it down on the shank. Now take the other end and move it over to the other side of the shank and tie it in. Both sides should be near the same length as the calf tail.
5. Take your Veevus Iridescent Thread and tie in one side of it right behind the calf tail on the shank. Leave it there and move it out of your way.
6. Now make a dubbing loop and put in your Hare’s Ice Dub. Use your dubbing loop tool to start wrapping it around the shank. Stop when you get to the middle of the shank.
7. You stop here so you can tie in a Round Rubber Leg on each side of the shank. These pieces of legs should be about the same length of the shank. Tie them down in the middle of the leg and put one on each side of the shank.
8. Now take your dubbing loop and continue wrapping it up the rest of the shank and tie it off with your thread.
9. Now you can take the Veevus Iridescent Thread you left hanging off the back and rib the fly by wrapping it over the dubbing leaving spaces in between each wrap.
10. Tie it off and whip finish.
11. Take your hook and slide your bead on. Put it in the vise and wrap a thread base across the shank.
12. Use your lead wire and wrap about 8 wraps up near the bead.
13. Now you need to use your monofilament and cut a small piece and run it through the eye of your shank. Take the two end pieces and line them up on top of the shank and make about 2 or 3 wraps. Pull the mono by the ends to pull the shank up near the hook bend. When it is close to the hook bend, start wrapping it down and just leave a small loop so your shank can move freely. Cut the ends of the mono off.
14. Do the same thing here as on the shank, tie on the end of the Veevus Iridescent Thread and leave it hanging out of the way.
15. Once again make a dubbing loop and use the Hare’s Ice Dub and wrap it until you get to the middle of the hook shank.
16. Tie in two more Round Rubber Legs on each side of the shank like you did on the back shank. This time make them a bit longer than the back ones.
17. Continue wrapping your dubbing up to and against the bead and tie off.
18. Take your Veevus Iridescent Thread and rib the fly just like you did on the back. Tie it off near the bead.
19. Whip finish and put a spot of glue or cement to help secure it. If need be you can place a little dubbing on the thread to help cover the thread wraps before you whip finish.
20. I like to use a dubbing brush and run it over the fly to make it more buggy.
21. Finished.

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