SBS The Spartan

GAT

Dumbfounded
#1


I call this one The Spartan. It is based on a Hornberg but instead of using two mallard flank feathers on each side of the fly, I use one on the top.

You fish as you would any streamer and the larger trout at the private lake I fish prefer the pattern during the morning and the Fall when the mosquito fish are available.

Materials

Hook: Tiemco TMC 5262 or similar 3X long, heavy wire streamer hook, size 2-4
Thread: Black 8/0 - 14/0
Head: Small-medium size black cone head
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Underwing: Red and yellow dyed buck tail fibers, sparse
Overwing: 1 mallard flank feather

Step 1:
Slide on the cone head and attach the hook in the vise. Tie in a length of silver tinsel.




Step 2:
Tightly wrap the tinsel to the rear of the shank, stop above the hook point, reverse direction and wind the tinsel back to the starting point. Trim away excess.



Step 3:
Tie in a sparse number of red buck tail fibers. They should extend a little past the hook bend. Clip away butt ends.



Step 4:
Tie in the same amount of yellow buck tail fibers so they extend the same as the red fibers. Clip away excess.



Step 5:
This one is difficult to explain. You want pick a mallard feather that is in proportion to the pattern.
Choose a feather with the stem running directly down the center so the fibers are equal on both sides.



Step 6:
Tie in the feather over the buck tail so the fibers follow the hook shank. Clip away excess.



Step 7:
Prepare a grizzly hen feather that is fairly long and webby. Tie in for the collar.



Step 8:
Wrap the collar and whip finish.



With any luck, you'll end up with something like this:



The red and yellow buck tail fibers will give a hint of color under the mallard flank feather when the pattern is wet.

I hope the pattern works as well for you as it does me.

Go Fish!
 

Big E

Active Member
#2
Nice one Gene.

Can't stress enough the importance of step 5 and picking out a good, straight, well proportioned feather, and tying it straight down the shank, otherwise your fly won't sit right.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#3
Nice one Gene.

Can't stress enough the importance of step 5 and picking out a good, straight, well proportioned feather, and tying it straight down the shank, otherwise your fly won't sit right.
This is true. You need to look at a number of feathers before you find one with the quill at the center of the fibers.

It also is important not to get carried away with the buck tail fibers... a little dab will do ya.
Thus: Spartan.

I've also tied them with 4X long hooks but they don't seem to work any better than the shorter ones... so, to save on tinsel I use shorter shank hooks.. that tinsel stuff can get expensive! :D
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#5
Scott, my silver tinsel is made from real silver. The only way I obtain the stuff is when a masked man on a white horse with a native american sidekick shows up.

"Who was that masked man?"
"I don't know but he left a spool of silver tinsel."