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Wally's Wowzer:

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Wally's Wowzer

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Materials

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Hook: Size 2/0 Stainless Steel Mustad 34007

Thread: Fine clear Uni-mono

Gill: Red thread

Belly: White bucktail

Lateral Line/Tail Flash: Flashabou

Wing: White bucktail

Over-wing: Peacock herl or darker bucktail

Eye: Dumbbell eyes or similar

Adhesives: Hard As Nails

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Materials and color schemes may be substituted to match local bait variations or artistic flare. Many more color variations viewable at Your flies.

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History

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Wally's Wowzer is an original pattern by Wally Miechowski. Wally is both a longtime Martha's Vineyard angler and an accomplished blue water angler.

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Tying instructions

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Eye placement on fly

STEP 1:

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Remove barb - sharpen hook, place hook in vise point down. Wrap mono from behind the hook eye back to a point about 1/3 of the way down the bend of the shank and back again to the eye. Place the weighted eye on top of the shank close behind the hook's eye. Secure tightly, making sure eyes are level and straight. Glue all wraps.

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Red gills and white deer hair for belly

STEP 2:

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Cut a clump of white bucktail. Tie in the bucktail tightly behind the eye on top of the hook shank and tie all the way back and slightly down the bend of the hook. When tying keep "UP" pressure on the bucktail to insure it remains on top of the hook. Tie off and cut mono, remove from the vise, lay hook on level surface point up, make sure the bucktail has not rotated around the hook shank, if so straighten so you can see the bare shank from the hook eye to the point. Replace in vise, using red thread tie in gill plate behind the lead eye for approximately 1/4". Tie off the thread, cut and clue all wraps behind the eye.

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Applying the lateral line

STEP 3:

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Lateral line/Tail flash

With hook pointing up, cut approximately 15 or 20 strands of flashabou full length. Double material evenly on thread making one twist in the material. You now have 2 equal length of material, keep separated. Make about 10 twists directly behind the hook eye, then take both lengths of material back along the shank of the hook, one on each side of the hook to the loose buck tail. Pinch tightly, wrap mono back along the hook shank while keeping slight upward pressure. At this point you are creating both a lateral line and tail flash, while evenly covering the bare bottom of the hook shank. Advance thread back to hook eye and glue the lateral line.

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Applying the wing

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Tying the Wing - Tie a clump of white bucktail directly behind the hook eye, wrap securely and glue while holding the material up at an angle to match the up-angled tail and flash material. (Step 4 and 5 can be accomplished with the fly in the vise or as a helpful hint try the following; straighten the flat metal tail of a strong alligator clip, place alligator clip in vise with the fly held by the clip.)

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Applying the over-wing

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Add a contrasting color or peacock herl. Complete by holding all materials tied on top of the eye slightly upward while placing several drops of glue on top and on both sides of the eye down to the red gill plate. Be careful the glue does not travel too far up the material to the hook point so as not to interfere with hook set. Although not necessary, Hard As Nails may be applied.

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The fly is finished and ready to be fished.

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Wally's Wowzer success:

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Steve Walthius with a Susquehanna River flats striper

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