Tassie Tarantula SBS

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Tassie Tarantula SBS

Post by ScottP » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:06 pm

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Mick Hall's bullethead variation on the Turck Tarantula was the Jackson Hole One Fly winner in '96. Cool fly, mostly petrochemical byproducts.

hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
thread - UTC 140 yellow
undertail - Congo Hair white
overtail - Krystal Flash pearl
body - 2mm foam yellow
underwing - Congo Hair white
overwing - Krystal Flash pearl
head - elk hair
legs - medium rubber yellow


Mash down barb; start thread at eye, cover gap width

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clean, stack, measure (hook length) a thick clump of elk hair; tie in (2 soft loops), apply steady tension, let it spin

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trim butts, cover shank with thread

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tie in a clump of CH; wrap back to bend and trim (gap width)

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tie in some KF, fold and wrap back to bend; trim a little longer than the CH

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tie in a strip of 2mm foam (about 1/3 gap width); squirt a little Super Glue on the shank, wrap it forward, tie off and trim

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tie in another (thicker) clump of CH; trim about even with the overtail

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tie in overwing, trim even with underwing

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push the elk hair back, make sure it's evenly distributed around the hook eye

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pull the hair back, capture it with 2 soft wraps then pull it tight

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add legs

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whip finish, SHHAN and you're done (you could trim out the hair under the throat - I left it as in the original tie)

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