Size 2/0 Stainless Steel Mustad 34007
Fine clear Uni-mono
Line/Tail Flash: Flashabou
Peacock herl or darker bucktail
Dumbbell eyes or similar
Hard As Nails
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is an original pattern by Wally Miechowski.
Wally is both a longtime Martha's Vineyard
angler and an accomplished blue water
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
The fly is
finished and ready to be fished.
with a Susquehanna River flats striper