SBS Spuddler SBS

ScottP

Active Member
#1


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




attach thread and cover underbody





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





tie in





trim and cover butts with thread





tie in yarn





wrap tapered body up to 66% mark





apply some dubbing





and wrap gills





some more squirrel for underwing; extend back to tail





tie in underwing; try to maintain smooth head for wing





4 saddle hackles, 2 per side facing each other





tie in hackle (shank x2 length)





a few squirrel tail fibers on top





and on the sides





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





repeat underneath





pack it, move thread forward and repeat





one more time, then half hitch x2 and SHHAN





flip fly over, lay razor on hook eye for reference





and push straight back carefully





flip fly back over and angle cut top of head





trim head to wedge shape





finished fly






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


Regards,
Scott
 
#2


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




attach thread and cover underbody





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





tie in





trim and cover butts with thread





tie in yarn





wrap tapered body up to 66% mark





apply some dubbing





and wrap gills





some more squirrel for underwing; extend back to tail





tie in underwing; try to maintain smooth head for wing





4 saddle hackles, 2 per side facing each other





tie in hackle (shank x2 length)





a few squirrel tail fibers on top





and on the sides





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





repeat underneath





pack it, move thread forward and repeat





one more time, then half hitch x2 and SHHAN





flip fly over, lay razor on hook eye for reference





and push straight back carefully





flip fly back over and angle cut top of head





trim head to wedge shape





finished fly






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


Regards,
Scott
Nice, you could catch almost anything on that.
 

Jack Devlin

Active Member
#3
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