Bullethead Turk's Tarantula SBS

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

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Saw Dennis Collier's tie over on Hans' site; simplified version of a great attractor. Change colors to suit your needs; golden pheasant tippets for the tail look cool. Original pattern calls for wire rib - skipped here (if I was going to rib, I'd use rootbeer, gold or copper Krystal Flash)

    hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    Tail - Amherst pheasant tippets
    body- dubbing tan (Aussie 'possum here)
    underwing - Krystal Flash pearl
    wing - calf tail white
    legs - rubber medium cornsnake
    head - elk


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

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    cut, clean and stack a clump of elk hair; measure for length (hook shank)

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    trim to length, hold clump on top of hook

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    2 soft loops right behind hook eye

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    pull tight and allow hair to spin

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    trim butts

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    separate a clump of pheasant tippet fibers

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    measure for length (1/3 shank) and tie in at point above hook barb

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    apply dubbing (you'll want it pretty heavy)

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    dub tapered body up to base of head

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    tie in some strands of Krystal Flash

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    fold back and wrap down

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    cut, clean and stack a clump of calf tail

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    measure for length (I try to go 1/2 the tail) and tie in 1 hook gap distance back from eye

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    trim butts and brush with Sally

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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

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    tie in leg on near side

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    and far

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    whip finish, SHHAN

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    trim out the bottom hair and go fish

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    Regards,
    Scott
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