Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

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Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by DizzyDean » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:19 am

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Pulled this from the archives. Felt it seemed appropriate considering the year of the muddler and all. There's a bunch of close-ups of the deer hair work for people that don't tie these kinds of flies much where they live. Feel free to change the colors around for your local fishery. I like this combo and also do an all black version with copper flash and blade and an olive version with gold flash/blade. Both browns and smallmouth seem to like this version. This fly is a twist on the classic marabou muddler, and has a great profile for sculpins and other fatter headed baitfish. If you get offended by attaching metal to a metal hook, you can always swap the blade for some flashabou.


Here's a blade-tail version next to a black flash-tail version

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Materials – Long shank streamer hook size #1 through #4 depending on brand/model, but roughly an inch and a half to 2 inches long. This is a Daiichi 2271 Dee/streamer hook in a size 2.

Thread – For the rear part of the fly, I use some hot orange 3/0 or 6/0. For the front and collar I use something strong, like 150- 200 denier GSP. A lighter denier of GSP will probably be strong enough, but will oftentimes cut your hair if you’re not careful.

Tail – Mini spinnerbait blade, like whats used on a “Beetle-Spin” lure. You can get these online or through a large conventional tackle store.

Connection – some heavy braided line, I think in the example I used 20lb powerpro.

Body – small chenille with small or medium braided mylar tubing

Wing – Marabou. I used cream with yellow on top, but lots of combos will work, like white with olive top, all black, black/red, or even brown mottlebou amongst others.

Sides – a pair of grizzly feathers, one on each side.

Head – Collar is deer and the front part of the head is carabou, but all deer should work fine.

Directions-

Put a long shank hook in the vice. Start your hot orange thread and go to the bend. On this hook I wrap back to about the middle between the barb and the hook point. Weight the hook now if you plan on weighting the hook. I usually tie mine unweighted and keep some tungsten cones in my vest to slide onto the line if I need more depth/faster sinkrate.

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Slide some braid through the spinnerbait blade and tie the line onto the hook.

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Trim excess and tie down.


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Tie in some small chenille, I had some excess pink, so I used that. Color doesn’t matter much with solid tinsels like gold or silver. Pearl tinsel is translucent and using different color chenille can produce nice effects underneath that.


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Wrap the chenille forward to about a hook gap away from the eye. Tie down, trim excess.


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Wind the thread back to just past the hook point.

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Slide the mylar tubing onto the hook. Catch it with the thread.


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Trim the excess tubing off the front of the hook.


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Build up a little thread with the hot orange and then whip finish.

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Apply a little glue just in case. This was just some Sally Hansens.


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Trim and clean the excess mylar at the rear and front of the hook.

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Start the heavy thread and tie down the mylar.


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Tie in your marabou wing a little less then 1 and a half hook shanks.

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Tie in the upper marabou color.

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Trim excess.

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Wet 2 grizzly feathers and tie them down well on either side. Trim excess.

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Trim a large amount of deer, (Maybe almost 2 pencils thick worth) clean out underfur and stack the tips in a hair stacker. Measure the wing to extend a little more then a hook gap back from where you tied in the wing.

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Slide the hair over the front of the hook, so the hook eye is in the very middle, wind the thread around loosely 1 or 2 wraps, then increase tension to flare. Add another turn or 2 under heavy tension.


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Pass the thread in front of the deer and push the hair back. Get another large group of hair, either soft, spongy deer or carabou. This time use a little more then the collar. Same as last procedure, but don’t worry about measuring the tips. One or 2 soft wraps, then increase tension to flare.


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Repeat last step, with slightly smaller clump.

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Fly should look like a crazy hairball your cat barfed up…

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Pull the hair back out of the way and whip finish.

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Get a nice, sharp double sided razor. Trim the hair flat, and close to the underside of the hook.

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For the top, flex the blade to make a half oval shape.


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Slide the blade across the top at a slightly upwards angle.


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Sometimes you can do it in one pass, (I got lucky on this one) but usually try to cut small amounts at a time. Especially don’t push it when you’re first starting out. You can’t put the hair back on there if you cut too much off.

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Trim any errant fibers, clean up the head.

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At this point the fly is pretty much done, apply some head cement to the front and let a little bleed into the hair for some increased durability.



Overhead -

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Underneath -

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Side -

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Give her a test drive and let me know how things work out,

DD

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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by ironman » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:08 pm

That's sweet!
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by FormerlyChaseChrome » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:26 pm

Needs more mashed thumb...

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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by DizzyDean » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:38 pm

ChaseChrome wrote:Needs more mashed thumb...

brown trout teeth marks don't count?


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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by FormerlyChaseChrome » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:32 pm

That's the spirit!!! Battle wounds...niceness
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by FormerlyChaseChrome » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:40 pm

[report]Nice Bladerunner Muddler

I see the Brown...
And raise you an angry Chinook gash...
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:cool[/report]

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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by DizzyDean » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:56 pm

well played

Hopefully that was a fresh king and not one of the "night of the living dead" ones like I seem to be a magnet for. I got a nasty infection once from getting salmon funk on a wound.

Fishing the Rogue in September. The inside corners of the runs and the eddies were full of dead salmon chunks, so much it was like Salmon soup. I had a pair of waders spring a small pinhole leak, just enough to get a little damp. Small scratch on my foot turned fully septic and had to be treated with anti biotics. :vomit
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by NeedmoreDEET » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:02 pm

When is someone going to make a mylar blade for flies? It would add some wicked action without weight.
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by DizzyDean » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:14 pm

Andy Burk used to make a mylar blade sort of effect with his old Bass-Flash fly. Basically a fly rod spinnerbait. I made some last year and gave them to Tuna to use in the Delta. Dem tings work gud.


btw on this guy I kinda like the extra weight to the back, vs the buoyant front, it tends to make the ass end kick out when you pulse the fly with jerk strips.
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by ScottP » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:04 pm

This is real nice.
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by Woolybug25 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:50 pm

What a cool fly!

You tying this for the swap?
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Re: Blade-Tail Muddler SBS

Post by DizzyDean » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:22 am

Woolybug25 wrote:What a cool fly!

You tying this for the swap?

Probably not this time, I ran out of blades a while back. Maybe I'll find some online, haven't really looked. I'll probably do something like a Zoo Cougar but with widgeon flank or something else. We'll see.
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