The FHS is relatively easy to tie. The recipe calls for a hackle tail (schlappan), a palmered marabou body and an EZ body head. You can add weight or foam before you form the head if you like. It looks very realistic and I imagine it will swim nicely in the water.
I love streamers but most of the patterns in my arsenal would be considered attractors. They are large, flashy and leave a significant auditory footprint. They are designed to be fished fast and trigger strikes. However, sometimes you need to tone it down a notch - in gear terms its like going from a rapala to a fin-s-fish soft plastic. Up until now my subtle streamer choice was a murdich minnow. If you've seen a murdich minnow it has a slimmer profile but is still very flashy and requires some speed to create movement. When I came across this pattern I felt like I struck gold.
First, the FHS is easy to tie (once you get used to the EZ body head). Second, it requires very few materials. Third, it has a lot of movement at very slow speeds (at least in the bath tub). So, you can twitch it and pause and the fly will continue to move. Fourth, it is a highly realistic pattern, which is great for clear water situations where you need a more subtle approach. Fifth, it is highly versatile, which is a very attractive characteristic. Finally, although the fly is long and has a full profile in the water, it is very light in hand and should be easy to cast.
My biggest gripe with the FHS is that you need a pretty wide gap hook to avoid compromising hooking ability due to the EZ body head. The pictured fly uses a size 2 TMC 8089. This model is TMC's bass bug hook; it has a very large gap for its size 2 designation. My next attempts will be on a long shank hook such as a Daiichi 2461 or possibly a tube. Also, EZ body is kind of a misnomer. The material comes with two fabric ribs running long ways along the tube. To achieve a rounded head you need to remove the ribs. This is EZier said than done. However embarrassing it is to say, I have not figured out an easy way to do this. In any event, so far, the pros far outweigh the cons.
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My conclusion is that the fly has a lot of potential. I'm sure I will do some tweaking once I get it in a fishing situation. For now, I think its a good fly to have on hand.
Click here to be directed to Jack Gartside's web page for tying instructions.