Friday, March 13, 2015
Don't Be Afraid of Flash
If you can't tell, I love Flashabou. It moves great in the water and is easy for fish to track down. I caught my personal best steelhead swinging the tube fly pictured above - when the water temp was hovering right around freezing! I call the fly an egg sucking prom dress. The fly pattern stems from designs by Scott Howell, Kevin Feenstra, and Jeff Hubbard. Funny story about this fly, I tied it because I was bored. I like tube flies for patterns that are tied in the round, that is they look the same from every angle and do not have a clear top or bottom. For example, the flash fly pictured above or a marabou spey. This is a simple tie and is very effective.
First, secure the tube to the vice.
Second, create a small dubbing loop of arctic fox and make two or three wraps stroking the fibers back with each wrap.
Third, tie in a strung saddle hackle feather directly in front of the arctic fox, leaving no space between the two materials. Palmer the hackle feather forward with 4-6 wraps. The fox and feather form a base that keeps the flash from collapsing when wet giving the fly a fuller profile.
Fourth, cut a generous portion of Flashabou. Tie in the Flashabou reverse or hollow style all the way around the tube. Pull back the flash fibers and make a VERY small thread dam to hold the fibers in place.
Fifth, tie in and palmer a mallard flank feather in front of the flashabou - two or three turns. Again, stroke the feather fibers back with each wrap.
Sixth, add clumps of ice dub. If you wanted to add weight to the fly you could slip on a cone or add small dumbbell eyes.
The color combination pictured above is great in winter but experiment. Don't be afraid of flash. Think about a spoon or in-line spinner. Those create far more flash and commotion than a this fly ever could and those are two of the most effective lure designs ever created.
Tie some up and give them a swim.