SBS Gravel Gertie


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Took some cues for this vintage fly (the name came from a Dick Tracy character) from a couple Maine flyfishing blogs; swapped out some materials from the original for what I have on hand. A little weaving used for the vertical stripes on the body; spiraled in tandem is okay, too, but not so cool.

hook - Mustad 3665A #6
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - yarn orange
body - chenille white/black
throat - calftail dyed pink
wing - calftail white
topping - fox squirrel tail

mash barb, start thread, wrap to bend

comb out a hank of yarn; tie in/trim (gap width)

strip ends of chenille; tie in, one on top other on bottom

pull underside chenille forward, take a wrap with the other

switch places - pull the white forward on the underside, then take a wrap with the black

repeat to the front; tie off/trim

flip the fly over, tie in a sparse hank of pink calftail; nice soul patch

measure (tips to tail) a clump of white calftail; tie in/trim

measure (halfway up the wing) a sparse clump of fox squirrel tail

tie in/trim, whip finish, SHHAN


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