Thumbing Through Some SBSs

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:59 pm

Snody's Bitterroot Stone

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Interesting pattern from Bruce Staples' Flies for the Greater Yellowstone Area; tied here with no specific hatch in mind.


hook – Dai Riki 280 #10
thread - Danville 6/0 brown
butt/abdomen - dubbing brown/olive
underwing - Congo Hair brown
wing - mottled turkey quill
hackle - grizzly dyed brown
overwing/head - deer hair dyed dark dun


mash barb/start thread, wrap to bend

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dub thread/dub butt

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tie biot on either side of the thread ball

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dub abdomen

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tie in CH; trim

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coat turkey quill with vinyl cement; separate segment, trim to shape, tie in/trim

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tie in hackle, wrap, tie off/trim; leave some space up front for top wing/head

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clean, stack, measure (halfway down abdomen) a clump of deer hair; trim/tie in

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whip finish, SHHAN

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:14 am

Saunders' Sheep Fly

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A vintage Appalachian pattern from N.C. tyer Newland Saunders. Not to be confused with the Sheep Creek Special; use it as a cranefly, nymph or streamer.


hook – Mustad 79580 #6
thread - Danville 6/0 brown
underbody - non-tox wire .030
tail - hen back mottled brown
body - dubbing muskrat/rabbit/squirrel mix (original may have called for woodchuck but my supply is depleted so subbed squirrel)
hackle - hen back mottled brown
wing - hackle tips grizzly

mash barb, cover shank with non-tox; start thread

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strip some hackle fibers, measure (gap width past bend), tie in

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dub thread/dub tapered body

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tie in hackle by tip; wrap, tie off/trim

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measure (tips to rear of body) a pair of hackles (back to back)

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tie in/trim, whip finish, SHHAN

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:02 am

Dark Cahill Palmer

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Working on muscle memory after being off for a month. Trying to keep it simple but no reason they can't be pretty.


hook – Mustad 3399A #12
thread - Danville 6/0 black
rib - x-small wire silver
tail - woodduck flank
body - dubbing muskrat
hackle - hen brown
wing - woodduck flank

mash barb, start thread; tie in rib, wrap to bend

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strip some woodduck fibers, measure (gap width past bend); tie in/trim

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dub thread/dub body

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tie in hackle; wrap to bend

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wrap rib thru hackle, helicopter end/cover with thread

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prep woodduck flank; measure (halfway back on tail)

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trim, whip finish, SHHAN

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:04 am

HackErlStacker Purple Haze Midge

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Saw a vid for an Orange Asher Hacklestacker and decided to play around with it a bit. Unsure if the herl adds anything to the fly but it can't hurt.


hook – Dai Riki 305 #16
thread/loop - Danville 6/0 purple
overbody - peacock herl
hackle - grizzly
body - holo tinsel purple

mash barb, start thread; tie in loop, wrap to bend

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tie in herl and hackle

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hook loop onto gallows, wrap herl up (body length) and back to base; tie off/trim

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repeat with hackle

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tie in tinsel; wrap to eye, tie off/trim

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stroke fibers back (no idea what it's focusing on here)

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pull forward; tie down

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trim loop, whip finish, SHHAN (a little on the tinsel underside is optional)

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:26 pm

Grey Drake Cripple

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Found this Quigley variation on a U.K. site; change color/size to suit your needs.


hook – Dai Riki 280 #10
thread - UTC 140 grey brown
rib - small wire gold
tail - pheasant tail
shuck/back - Congo Hair baitfish tan
abdomen - tinsel pearl
thorax - Ice Dub hare's ear
wing - deer hair
hackle - grizzly

mash barb, start thread at 2/3 mark; tie in rib, wrap to bend

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measure (shank length) some p/t fibers; tie in/trim

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tie in tinsel, wrap to bend and back; tie off/trim

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tie in CH

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pull to rear, capture with rib, helicopter end/cover with thread; trim shuck (gap width)

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dub thread/dub thorax; rough up a bit

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clean, stack, measure (shank length) a clump of deer hair; tie in/trim butts

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tie in hackle; wrap, tie off/trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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trim out hackle underneath

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:32 pm

Faux French Partridge Mayfly (redux)

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I've had a Chuckar skin for about 5 years and never really gave it much thought; lightbulb finally went off. The feathers tend to run large so probably nothing smaller than a #10 but it's pretty close to the French.


hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - pheasant tail
rib - x-small wire gold
body - tinsel pearl
body hackle - saddle olive
collar - Chuckar partridge
These things are gone forever
Over a long time ago, oh yeah
RIP Walter

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:20 am

Brown Drake Cripple

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Easy enough to swap out some parts for a darker version.

hook – Dai Riki 280 #10
thread - UTC 140 brown
rib - small wire copper
tail - pheasant tail
shuck/back - Congo Hair brown
abdomen - tinsel copper
thorax - Ice Dub UV brown
wing - elk hair
hackle - brown
These things are gone forever
Over a long time ago, oh yeah
RIP Walter

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:33 am

Smethurst's Heater

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Neat combination fo a Tellico, Halfback and 20 Incher nymph from Colorado tyer Frank Smethurst. Best SBS, as always comes from Charlie Craven.


hook – Mustad 9671 #6
thread - UTC 140 fluoro orange
underbody - .030 non-tox
tail/shellback - pheasant tail
rib - x-small wire copper/peacock herl
abdomen/thorax - Egg Yarn hot orange
hackle - hen brown
bead - 5mm gold
These things are gone forever
Over a long time ago, oh yeah
RIP Walter

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:41 am

Bimuddlervisible

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Found this on Pinterest. Original had a more defined wing; I just left the collar a little thicker on top. This should be good for stoopid cutts next summer.


hook – Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - Danville 6/0. black
rib - x-small wire gold
tail - teal flank
body - dubbing rusty orange
hackle - grizzly
collar/head - deer hair


mash barb, start thread; tie in rib/wrap to bend

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strip some teal flank, measure (shank length), tie in/trim

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dub thread/dub tapered body (leave about 1 eye width free up front)

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tie in hackle, palmer to bend

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capture tip with wire, continue ribbing to front; helicopter end, cover with thread

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clean, stack, measure (tips to bend) a clump of deer hair; tie in with 2 soft loops, slowly increase tension and let it spin

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pull butts back, create small head; whip finish, SHHAN

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stroke butts forward (got this from Davie McPhail vid)

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trim head to shape

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:29 am

Grubic's Deer Hair Emerger

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Found this on swittersb site; added the partridge just because.


hook – Dai Riki 320 #12
thread - UTC 70 grey brown
tail/abdomen - deer hair
hackle - partridge
collar/head - deer hair dyed dun


mash barb/start thread, wrap to bend

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clean, stack, measure (gap width past bend) a clump of deer hair; tie in/trim

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clean/trim tips on another clump of deer hair; 2 soft loops, increase tension and let it spin

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lather, rinse, repeat up the shank to the 80% mark

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rough cut (watch those tail fibers)

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final cut

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tie in partridge by the tip; wrap, tie off/trim

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clean, stack, measure (tips to bend) another clump of deer hair; 2 soft loops, spin (pretty poor job of cleaning out the underfur)

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pull fibers back, make a small head, whip finish, SHHAN

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trim head to shape

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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:52 am

Rudy's Improved Halfback Nymph

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Found this neat variation to a vintage pattern on a B.C. stillwater site.


hook - Mustad 9671 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 brown
underbody - .030 non-tox (optional, depending on where you want it in the water column)
rib - small wire copper
flashback - large tinsel opal
tail - marabou olive
abdomen/thorax - peacock herl
wingcase/legs - pheasant tail


cover front 1/3 of shank with non-tox; mash barb/start thread, tie in rib, wrap to bend

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strip off some marabou fibers; tie in long, pinch/rip to length

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tie in tinsel

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tie in some peacock herl, twist, wrap to 2/3 mark; tie off/trim

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pull flash forwrd; tie off/trim

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counterwrap wire; helicopter end, cover with thread

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strip some pt fibers, measure (a bit longer than thorax) tie in with tips over hook eye

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tie in some more peacock, twist, wrap to eye; tie off/trim

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pull pt forward over thorax; tie off/trim butts (a little wax on the thread helps)

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divide pt tips evenly

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pull tips back; tie off, whip finish, SHHAN (ended up shortening the tail a bit more)

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Over a long time ago, oh yeah
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Re: Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Post by ScottP » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:09 am

Brit Special

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No info on this fly, just a couple pics on the interweb; basic stuff here, but a neat effect.


hook - Mustad 3906B #12
thread - Danville 6/0 chartreuse
tail - woodduck flank
butt - tying thread
rib - small wire gold
abdomen - dubbing hare's ear
thorax - ostrich herl chartreuse
legs - woodduck flank


mash barb/start thread at 2/3 mark, wrap to bend

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strip some woodduck fibers, measure (gap width past bend), tie in/trim; wrap back to the tail and create thread butt

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tie in rib

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dub thread/dub tapered body to 2/3 mark

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counterwrap rib; helicopter end/cover with thread

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strip off some more woodduck, measure (barb to eye), tie in with tips forward, trim

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tie in some ostrich herl, twist around thread, wrap to eye; tie off/trim

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split legs

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fold legs back on near side, tie down

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repeat on far side, whip finish, SHHAN

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These things are gone forever
Over a long time ago, oh yeah
RIP Walter

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