SBS The One (that got away)

P-FITZ98

Active Member
This started like most my flies, out of scrap shit
laying on my table, I tied one the night before a meat hunt trip to Roosevelt a few months ago. I started out with it and within a couple minutes, a violent take and too much drag, it was gone. Only one I did like it. So I tied more, and it’s really brought some big fish to the boat.
Hook-Dai-Riki 700 sz 1
Tail-fishair, Mirabeau , flash
Body-cactus chenille with tinsel rib
Throat-EP fibers
Gills-ice dub
Wing-synthetic yak , EP fibers , flash grizzly hackles
Eyes- 1/4 “ 3D
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I start with 210 thread, about 20 wraps of heavy wire, do a thread base, creating a little bump to “flair “ the fish hair stuff. It’s stiffness gives the tail more body wet.I now switch to 6/0 thread. C840B7F2-BD9C-4DA8-BD0C-144610A06C1B.jpeg
I now put Mirabeau over that, tail should be a little over half the length of shank. I don’t think I can tie anything without flash, in true streamer junkie fashion. E317D358-1D5A-47CA-B84B-CC484B9A3DD3.jpeg
Now tie tinsel, cactus chenille, and wrap both leaving about a hook gap space for the other stuff. 3BCC9325-8D85-488A-85AB-55AFEEC41B65.jpeg
Tie in a small clump of synthetic yak on top and EP on bottom, leaving Ep fibers pointing forward.
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Ep fibers on top, pulling back bottom and tying off. Leaving top sticking forward, shorter on fly. 01A1DCFB-9D95-4C93-9B08-7EDABE6F5330.jpeg AD284928-086A-4C21-92F4-636F74973081.jpeg 6EE8E437-D2A8-418D-B5CE-BE93D04879E6.jpeg
More Ep fibers, top and bottom, a pinch of ice dub on the sides, and more flash, and grizzly hackle. Advancing thread to eye, carefully pull all fibers back and start wrapping back from eye of hook to create thread head. 0D419133-B7CB-470F-9E03-A04BB6499CEB.jpeg 97CC64BE-B3D6-485B-AEC8-44C81505766D.jpeg
Tie off, trim where it needs, epoxy eyes on and go catch a beast!
 

Buzzy

Active Member
This started like most my flies, out of scrap shit
laying on my table, I tied one the night before a meat hunt trip to Roosevelt a few months ago. I started out with it and within a couple minutes, a violent take and too much drag, it was gone. Only one I did like it. So I tied more, and it’s really brought some big fish to the boat.
Hook-Dai-Riki 700 sz 1
Tail-fishair, Mirabeau , flash
Body-cactus chenille with tinsel rib
Throat-EP fibers
Gills-ice dub
Wing-synthetic yak , EP fibers , flash grizzly hackles
Eyes- 1/4 “ 3D
View attachment 229958
I start with 210 thread, about 20 wraps of heavy wire, do a thread base, creating a little bump to “flair “ the fish hair stuff. It’s stiffness gives the tail more body wet.I now switch to 6/0 thread. View attachment 229960
I now put Mirabeau over that, tail should be a little over half the length of shank. I don’t think I can tie anything without flash, in true streamer junkie fashion. View attachment 229961
Now tie tinsel, cactus chenille, and wrap both leaving about a hook gap space for the other stuff. View attachment 229962
Tie in a small clump of synthetic yak on top and EP on bottom, leaving Ep fibers pointing forward.
View attachment 229963
Ep fibers on top, pulling back bottom and tying off. Leaving top sticking forward, shorter on fly. View attachment 229965 View attachment 229966 View attachment 229967
More Ep fibers, top and bottom, a pinch of ice dub on the sides, and more flash, and grizzly hackle. Advancing thread to eye, carefully pull all fibers back and start wrapping back from eye of hook to create thread head. View attachment 229970 View attachment 229971
Tie off, trim where it needs, epoxy eyes on and go catch a beast!
I love this fly! Love! Jeez, I don't have most of the materials. Oh, an order? (Or I could buy a couple from you! :D Seriously though, thanks for sharing your step by step!
 

P-FITZ98

Active Member
Thanks, y’all.The fish seem to really like it also. I’ve been tying bait fish patterns for years, and in all honesty, this one holds the best profile wet. My buddy last weekend looked at it after I pulled it it of the water and says “geeeezuss, I don’t theres a fish that WOULDN’t hit that”. What color you want, Pat? I got about all spectrums covered E1D2CCF7-6BAF-4F9C-A4EC-C3FBDD2990D6.jpeg
 

P-FITZ98

Active Member
Here’s a little comparison and why I’m gonna be upset when I run out of obsolete hooks-
Top to bottom -Dai-Riki 700 sz1 , same hook ,sz2, and bottom is a 79580 Mustad sz2. 298B8DCD-E737-49EA-8504-BBAEAB64BF67.jpeg
 

Mark Mercer

Member
This started like most my flies, out of scrap shit
laying on my table, I tied one the night before a meat hunt trip to Roosevelt a few months ago. I started out with it and within a couple minutes, a violent take and too much drag, it was gone. Only one I did like it. So I tied more, and it’s really brought some big fish to the boat.
Hook-Dai-Riki 700 sz 1
Tail-fishair, Mirabeau , flash
Body-cactus chenille with tinsel rib
Throat-EP fibers
Gills-ice dub
Wing-synthetic yak , EP fibers , flash grizzly hackles
Eyes- 1/4 “ 3D
View attachment 229958
I start with 210 thread, about 20 wraps of heavy wire, do a thread base, creating a little bump to “flair “ the fish hair stuff. It’s stiffness gives the tail more body wet.I now switch to 6/0 thread. View attachment 229960
I now put Mirabeau over that, tail should be a little over half the length of shank. I don’t think I can tie anything without flash, in true streamer junkie fashion. View attachment 229961
Now tie tinsel, cactus chenille, and wrap both leaving about a hook gap space for the other stuff. View attachment 229962
Tie in a small clump of synthetic yak on top and EP on bottom, leaving Ep fibers pointing forward.
View attachment 229963
Ep fibers on top, pulling back bottom and tying off. Leaving top sticking forward, shorter on fly. View attachment 229965 View attachment 229966 View attachment 229967
More Ep fibers, top and bottom, a pinch of ice dub on the sides, and more flash, and grizzly hackle. Advancing thread to eye, carefully pull all fibers back and start wrapping back from eye of hook to create thread head. View attachment 229970 View attachment 229971
Tie off, trim where it needs, epoxy eyes on and go catch a beast!

Great pattern !!! Have you tried it as a articulated fly ? I seem too loose more fish on longer shank hooks and this looks like it would be good pattern too experiment with, more work but better action. Just a thought:) Really like the pattern though, nice one !!!
 

P-FITZ98

Active Member
....a month, 3 spools of thread, 72 eyes, UV light batteries, and a huge mess of EP fibers(plus other shit)and flash later........ 22B1D5C8-EEBF-4B34-8362-C31A15A56B45.jpeg
I got down to about 20 minutes a fly after a couple dozen, but just kept finding more colors. If it wasn’t so damn effective, I wouldn’t have tied so many. The center one is the OG , a little beat up after at least a dozen good sized fish, and still fish-able
 

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