Big Hole Demon SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Attributed to Pete Naranchich of Twin Bridges, MT, this fly was developed for the Big Hole River back in the early 60's. Not one you see or hear much of any more, apparently it's pretty popular in Europe as a sea trout pattern; that version is tied with badger hackle tips. Change colors as you see fit - furnace hackle, gold body, etc (red hackled is a Danish favorite)


    hook - Mustad 79580 #6
    thread - Danville 6/0 black
    underbody - non-tox wire .025
    tail - hackle fibers badger
    rib - wire x-fine silver
    abdomen - tinsel silver
    thorax - chenille medium black
    hackle - badger


    Part 1

    mash barb, wrap front 1/3 of shank with non-tox

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    start thread, wrap underbody; taper front and back

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    tie in rib, wrap back to bend

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    pull a clump of badger hackle fibers; measure for length (hook gap), tie in and smooth butts

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    tie in tinsel behind non-tox; wrap to the tail and back and tie off

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    strip end of chenille, tie in and wrap to head; stop short 1 hook eye width

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    prep hackle and tie in by butt

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    wrap hackle counterclockwise (it makes it a whole lot easier to wind the ribbing through it if you do it this way) back through the chenille; let it hang there

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    counterwrap wire up the body and through the hackle (for re-enforcement)

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    helicopter wire, tie off and smooth with thread wraps; whip, SHHAN and go fish, while humming some Beach Boys tuneage

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. LOJ Bugstuff

    LOJ Bugstuff New Member

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    Blast from the paste. Still works!
     
  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I remember when this pattern first came out. I don't recall ever catching a thing on it either, but I fished the Upper Big Hole.
     

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