Blanton's Flashtail Whistler SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Another one from Dan Blanton, tied here in fire tiger colors. I believe the fly got it's name from the sound it made flying through the air; with a weighted shank (optional), it'd be nice to hear that thing coming so you'd have time to duck.

    hook - Mustad 3407 #4
    thread - Danville flatwax chartreuse
    eye - bead chain gold
    tail - bucktail hot orange/chartreuse/green
    flashtail - Flashabou gold/copper
    topping - peacock herl
    shoulder - grizzly hackle dyed orange
    collar - chenille hot orange
    hackle - chartreuse

    mash barb, start thread behind eye and tie in bead chain eyes; wrap back to bend

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    tie in a clump of orange bucktail (about 2x shank length)

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    tie in about 25-30 strands of Flashabou; leave them long

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    tie in chartreuse bucktail

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    repeat with green

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    tie in shoulders (I used 2 per side)

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    tie in peacock (not standard on the pattern, but I like how it looks with FT colors)

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    tie in chenille and wrap collar 1/2 distance to the eyes

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    tie in hackles (doubled up to densify)

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    wrap hackle forward to eyes, tie off/whip finish, trim flash (let it extend about 1"), SHHAN

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    Regards,
    Scott
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  2. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    Very nice SBS. I've started using a flashtail in many of my salt flies.
    I think at times it makes quite a bit of difference in the hookup ratio.
    SF
  3. ScottP Active Member

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    Jig hook version, with dumbell eyes

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    Regards,
    Scott