Ausable Bomber SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    My favorite small stream brookie fly from the late Fran Betters. I either start with this or Harry Murray's Mr. Rapidan when I fish SNP; great for cutts & cutt-bows on little blue lines in MT, too. Fun fly to tie, lots of good memories.


    hook - Tiemco 5212 #10
    thread - MFC 6/0 hot orange
    tail - woodchuck tail
    rib - UTC wire x-small gold
    body - rabbit dubbing rust
    wing - calftail white
    hackle - brown & grizzly; undersize by 1 (these are for a #12 hook)



    mash barb and attach thread at 75% mark

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    clean, stack and measure a clump of calftail (shank length)

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    2 firm loops

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    and continue back with additional wraps; trim butts

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    brush butts with Sally, continue wrapping back (smooth over butts) and tie in wire

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    wrap thread back to point above barb

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    clean, stack and measure a clump of woodchuck tail (gap length x2)

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    tie down and wrap forward (firmly) to wing butts

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    trim tail butts and smooth over with tying thread

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    move thread in front of wing and create thread dam

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    return thread to tail and apply dubbing

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    dub body and in front of wing; leave 1 hook eye width at front

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    tie in hackles

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    wrap hackle back to the tail; I like it dense and cram as many wraps as I can get onto the hook so I use my good saddles

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    start wire rib forward; trap hackle tips with 1st wrap

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    continue rib through body/hackle up to head

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    helicopter wire and cover with thread wraps; trim hackle tips, half hitch x2 and SHHAN

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    I used to wrap the hackle back to front, but with all the discussion recently that Hans instigated I thought I'd try front to back, EHC style, and it turned out pretty neat with a small, clean head.


    Regards,
    Scott