Lawson's Henry's Fork Salmonfly SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    For the foam haters, an all-natural salmonfly.

    hook - TMC 5263 #4
    thread - UTC 140 hot orange
    tail - moose body hair
    rib - tying thread
    body - dubbing rusty orange/brown
    hackle - saddle brown
    wing - elk hair
    head - deer hair dark brown


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

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    clean, stack and measure (shank length) a healthy clump of deer hair

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

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    trim hair butts and wrap thread to point above barb

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    clean, stack and measure (gap length) a clump of moose body hair

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    tie in, leave the butts long and wrap forward to head, forming underbody; trim butts

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    return thread to rear (forgot to leave tag end long for ribbing, so I tied in another piece; dopey stupid); dub thread, dub body

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    tie in saddle feather, spiral to the rear

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    trap hackle tip with ribbing and counterwrap forward through hackle; tie off ribbing

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    clean, stack and measure (hook length) a clump of elk; trim butts, tie in and wrap back gap width 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

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    3-turn whip, SHHAN, trim hair underneath and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    Another great SBS. Thanks Scott
     
  3. ScottP

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    Always a sucker for legs; optional equipment, but they do add something.

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    Foam body's another option and adds more floatability

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    everything's the same from here on out

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    For those folks hesitant to tie bullets head-first, give it a try; it sets the rest of the body up for easy tying and doesn't get in the way (really). I hated my head-last attempts because invariably, I wouldn't leave enough room at the front - partly because of poor proportions but also because the wings always slid forward,no matter how hard I'd lean on the thread to keep them in position. With the head hair spun first, the butts support the body/wing and keep it in place

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  4. JohnB

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    I tied up a few of your foam bulletheads and really like the pattern. I'm excited to try it out over the summer. I'm not an experienced tier but I'd agree with what you say about the head first.
     
  5. ScottP

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    Bob Jacklin's Giant Salmon Fly

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    The smaller head more closely imitates the real thing (at the cost of some floatation), although after a couple fish, the shredded heads on this and the HF Salmonfly both look like cast members of Scanners. Very similar to Lawson's - only about 30 miles from Last Chance to West Yellowstone; lots of good ideas migrate back and forth across Targhee Pass.


    Regards,
    Scott
     

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