SBS Opal X SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Mark Martin's variation on a classic. Made a few changes to my usual bullethead sequence, trying out a "double hull" idea for a bit more floatation.


    hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    body - Mylar medium opalescent
    rib - wire x-small silver
    wing - calf tail white
    legs - rubber medium barred
    indicator - foam
    head/collar - deer hair


    Mash down barb and attach thread at head (gap width); finish thread at the back end

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    clean, stack, measure (hook length) a clump of deer hair; trim to length

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    2 soft loops, then a steady pull to spin it around the shank

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    push the hair back, work the thread through to the hook eye

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    pull the hair forward, then again with the 2 soft loops; hold on to the deer hair while you tighten and it'll flare in place

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    cross-wrap back over (if you want a slimmer head, take a few wraps through it to compress), trim butts

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    tie in rib

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    tie in tinsel; wrap down bend and back

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    counter-wrap rib; tie off, helicopter

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    clean, stack, measure (gap width past bend) a clump of calf tail; tie in, trim butts

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    push the deer hair back, make sure it's distributed evenly around the head

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    one last time with the 2 soft loops, pull tight

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    legs

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    add indicator, whip, SHHAN; a dose of thinned Goop on the head improves durability

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    trim out hair underneath, trim legs; go fish

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    dorsal

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    semi-ventral

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    Regards,
    Scott