Michigan Skunk SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Popularized by Earl Madsen (also called the Madsen Skunk), although he wasn't the creator; believed to be the first fly tied with rubber legs (from old golf balls).


    hook - TMC 5212 #10
    thread - Danville 6/0 black
    tail - squirrel tail
    body - chenille black
    legs - medium rubber white
    wing - deer hair

    mash barb, start thread at 75% mark and wrap back to point above barb

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    stack, measure (not quite shank) a clump of squirrel tail; tie in, smooth with thread wraps (a little Sally helps keep the slippery squirrel in place, too)

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    strip end of chenille , tie in at tail

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    wrap to 50% mark, then tie in rubber legs; continue chenille forward, tie off, trim

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    clean, stack, measure (not quite to tips of tail) a clump of deer hair

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    trim butts, 2 soft loops then pull tight, causing butts to flare

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    crosswrap back, take a couple wraps then cross back to wing tie-in point

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    half hitch x 2, SHHAN, trim legs to length

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. 5shot

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    Nice tie...

    BTW - what is SHHAN?
     
  3. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails

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    Scott
     
  4. Rob Ast

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    Wont the chenille get water-logged? Perhaps a dubbed body (or better yet, some peacock herl) would help it float better.
     
  5. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Rob,

    Absolutely; I was just tying this true to the original. I'm thinking a foam body for an updated version.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  6. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Tried it with a Congo Hair shuck, foam body and semi-bullethead

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    and basically tied a Madam X :rolleyes:

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  7. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    That's a good improvement! Looks like it would catch the brookies.
     
  8. 5shot

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    The foam version looks great too.
     

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