Bitterroot Olive Stone variation SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Basically Chuck Stranahan's skwala; sits low to the water, like the real thing. Swapped out the white calftail overwing (tends to get lost in the stream foam) for something with a little more contrast.


    hook - TMC 5212 #8
    thread - UTC 140 hopper yellow
    tail - deer hair black
    rib - flat-wax yellow
    body - dubbing olivish brown
    indicator - Congo Hair pink
    hackle - grizzly olive
    wing/head - deer hair dark brown


    mash down barb and attach thread at head (gap width)

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    clean, stack and measure (hook length + gap) a clump of deer hair; trim to length

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    two soft loops right behind the hook eye; pull firmly and let it spin

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    trim butts short, overwrap with thread back to point above barb

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    clean, stack and measure (gap length) a clump of deer hair (moose body doesn't compress too much and on smaller flies like this, want to keep the body slimmer); overwrap with thread and tie in rib

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    dub thread (keep it sparse), dub body (keep it slim)

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    rib body; tie off and move thread 1 gap distance back from eye

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    push hair at head back with finger (try to ensure even distribution around hook)

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    pull fibers back over body and tie down; widen tie down (for hackle collar)

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    tie in indicator (whatever color you use, use something; these flies disappear on the water at anything farther than 10')

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    trim out hair underneath

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    tie in hackle, wind it forward, tie off, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    trim out hackle underneath and go fishing (in about 6 weeks for me)

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    ventral

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    even if you don't see the bugs on the water, if you find any shucks in the bushes

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    the fish'll be interested


    Regards,
    Scott
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  2. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Great looking tye. Thanks for sharing. If I make it over for the hatch, I might try some.
  3. ScottP Active Member

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    rubber legs and foam egg sac to lift that sagging butt

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    Regards,
    Scott
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