Spuddler SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Another marriage of two well-known flies, the Muddler and Spruce Fly by two guys, Red Monical and Don Williams who worked at Dan Bailey's shop in Livingston. I've seen a few different dressings; reverse engineered this one from a fly I picked up at Harry Murray's shop although I left the head a little bigger. Others use brown calf tail for the underwing and tail and skip the fox squirrel shoulders; as slippery as squirrel is, I endorse that omission.



    hook - Mustad 79580 #9
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    underbody - lead free .025
    tail - fox squirrel tail
    body - acrylic yarn cream
    gills - dubbing red
    underwing - fox squirrel tail
    wing - 4 grizzly saddle hackles dyed brown
    shoulder - fox squirrel tail
    head - antelope


    mash barb and wrap lead-free

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    attach thread and cover underbody

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    cut some squirrel for tail (extend about 60% hook shank length)

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    tie in

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    trim and cover butts with thread

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    tie in yarn

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    wrap tapered body up to 66% mark

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    apply some dubbing

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    and wrap gills

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    some more squirrel for underwing; extend back to tail

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    tie in underwing; try to maintain smooth head for wing

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    4 saddle hackles, 2 per side facing each other

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    tie in hackle (shank x2 length)

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    a few squirrel tail fibers on top

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    and on the sides

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    cut, clean and stack a clump of antelope; tie in on top

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    repeat underneath

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    pack it, move thread forward and repeat

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    one more time, then half hitch x2 and SHHAN

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    flip fly over, lay razor on hook eye for reference

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    and push straight back carefully

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    flip fly back over and angle cut top of head

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    trim head to wedge shape

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    finished fly

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    Need to break out my Garcia fiberglass 8wt and Pfleuger Meadalist and swing this through a few deep pools.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Patrick Gould

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    Nice, you could catch almost anything on that.
     
  3. Jack Devlin

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    A great pattern. One of my "go to" flies for a favorite deep hole on the East Branch of the Delaware River in New York.
    Thanks for the SBS Scott.
    jack
     

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