Gartside Pheasant Muddler SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    hook - Mustad 79580 #6
    thread - UTC 140 olive brown
    underbody - non-tox .025
    tail - pheasant rump fibers rusty red
    body- mylar braid gold
    underwing - marabou yellow
    wing - pheasant church window dyed brown
    collar/head - deer hair dyed brownmarried

    Jack gave the Hornberg treatment to a Muddler, swapping mallard out for pheasant and came up with a cool looking fly. I changed a few things from the original - mylar braid instead of tube for the body (much, much easier to work with), and marabou instead of deer hair for the underwing since I'll fish this one down under. Tie it unweighted with the deer underwing and it can be fished dry/wet, just like a standard Muddler.


    mash barb, wrap shank with non-tox

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    start thread, wrap underbody; taper front and back

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    measure a clump of pheasant rump fibers for length and tie in

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    tie in mylar braid, wrap to front of underbody and tie off

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    measure marabou and tie in

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    match up a pair of church window feathers and tie in on either side (kinda tentlike)

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    clean and stack a clump of deer hair (tips extend to hook barb); 2 soft loops, spin it, then pack it back

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    clean another clump but don't stack, just trim the tips; loop, spin, pack, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    flip it to the ventral position, use hook eye as gauge for razor blade and push straight back

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    first cuts; trim head to shape however you see fit (scissors for me)

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    A little more Sally on the bottom of the head and it's done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. Hal Eckert

    Hal Eckert Active Member

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    Do you fish these as a sculpin imitation? Cool looking fly.

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  4. ScottP

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    Gary,

    Yes, as a sculpin. It's a pretty good smallie fly, too.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    Glad you're back. Nice tie.
     
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    Steve,

    This one's a few months old. We're still on the road for 2 more weeks; out of Barstow heading for the Grand Canyon.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    You have the life! There's nothing like being retired, in my opinion.