Monday, June 27, 2016

Surface Seducer® Double Barrel™ popper & slider body





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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Manns's Smelt Patterns

Years ago in the New England area, there was the World Fly Fishing Expo that was held at the Shriner's Auditorium Wilmington, Massachusetts. It was a show similar to the Fly Fishing Show but a little smaller but just as good if not better (I think it was better than the national show). It promoted all of the latest and greatest the fly fishing industry had to offer. It also showcased some of the best New England area fly tyers. This is where I stumbled upon a tyer named Charlie Mann. I watched him for an hour or so tying up some unique smelt fly patterns that I had never seen before. He was also offering a handout for $3 describing his smelt fly recipes and tying instructions so I bought one for myself.

I had scanned his handout onto my computer hard drive and completely forgot about it. While cleaning out some folders on the hard drive I discovered that file and now that I'm retired I am going to tie up all of the smelt patterns in that handout in a step by step format.




Charlie Mann's Smelt 
Step by Step


Step 1: Measuring the under body

I have temporarily attached the STIM-U-DENT to the top of the hook to show the basic placement and where to trim. 


After cutting the STIM-U-DENT to the desired length, shape the front end to a rounded configuration.


Step 2: Tie in shaped STIM-U-DENT under body leaving approximately 1 eye length of bare shank behind the eye.


Step 3: Tie in marabou for the tail.


Step 4: Tie in Bill's Body Braid or equivalent for the under body color.


Step 5: Measure a length of medium size Pearl mylar piping and slip it over the body to the rear of the hook and tie it down with the waiting thread.


Step 6: Attach black thread at the eye of the hook and secure the mylar piping. Trim off any little stub ends of the mylar piping and start building the head.Its OK if the frayed end of the mylar piping extends beyond the waiting thread as they help to form the tail.


Step 7: Attach 20 or so strands of Pearl Krystal Flash at the eye of the hook. Twist the Krystal Flash in a counterclockwise direction to create a rope and tie down directly to the top side of the hook shank.


Step 8: Repeat step 6 using Black Krystal Flash. This will complete the back of the fly. 
Note: The Black Krystal Flash should lay directly on top of the Pearl Krystal Flash.


Step 9: Trim all flash materials even to your desired length. Apply head cement to the thread areas of the fly.

Mann's Smelt

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: White marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Additional Recipes


Mann's Smelt Green Tail
Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Kelly Green marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Mann's Rainbow Smelt
Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Purple marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a rainbow mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Rainbow Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash



Mann's Smelt Purple Tail

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Purple marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a purple mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Purple Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Mann's Smelt Orange Tail

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Orange marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


The Goblin

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Bright orange marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Fire Orange Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Yellow Jacket

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Yellow marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Fluorescent Yellow floss, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Hot Yellow Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Gold Rush

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Yellow marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Gold mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Orange Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Red Satan

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Red marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Red mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Red Krystal Flash topped with Pearl Krystal Flash
topped with Red Krystal Flash


Merrimack Return

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Fluorescent Lime Green marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Fluorescent Lime Green floss, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Chartreuse Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Gray Phantom

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread:White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Gray Ghost Gray marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Pink mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Gray Ghost and Smolt Blue mix Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Green Hornet

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Kelly Green marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Green mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Peacock Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


McKrystal Finn

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Red marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Hot Yellow Krystal Flash topped with Red Krystal Flash
topped with Hot Yellow Krystal Flash


Blue Back Smelt

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Silver Doctor Blue marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Blue mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flashtopped with Smolt Blue Krystal Flash


Governor Angus King

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Black marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Purple mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash (sparse)


Kennebec Wizard

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Gray marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Blue mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Gray Ghost Krystal Flash topped with Peacock Krystal Flash


Forge's Krystal Marvel

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Red marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Gold mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Gold Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash


Suz-E-Q

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Gray marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Silver mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Peacock Krystal Flash


Ricks Landlocked Special

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Gray marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Red mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Red Krystal Flash 
then with a few strands of Black Krystal Flash


Golden Prince

Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
Tail: Orange marabou
Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Gold mylar braid, 
then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal Flash

Tying Notes

At any point in tying these flies, it is totally acceptable to use head cement, crazy glue, half hitches to create a durable fly.

It is also acceptable to substitute materials if you do not have the original materials at hand.

I didn't have blue or pink mylar braid so I used silver braid and a blue & pink sharpie marker.

I also used Bill's Body Braid for the under body covering (I don't think Bill's Body Braid was in existence when these flies were originally designed).

The shaped under body can also be fabricated from plastic, lead/aluminum tape, copper wire etc. Use YOUR imagination.

I followed the tying directions in Charlies handout. There is always a different or better way of doing things. Find and use whats best for you!

If you are lucky enough to have the mylar piping that has a core of zlon type material vs the old butcher twine core, save that zlon type material for making wing posts, spent wings etc.

There is also an "improved version" of these flies that simply adds another shaped Stim-U-Dent to the top side of the hook shank. All tying instructions remain the same as shown above.





Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

White Ghost



White Ghost Marabou Wing
Hook: 6xl – 8xl streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White marabou

Barbara Cotton (Variant)


Barbara Cotton

Hook: 6xl - 8xl streamer
Thread: black
Tail: Hot pink rabbit fur
Tag: Red thread
Underbody: Pearl braid, wrapped
Body: Small silver mylar piping
Throat: Golden pheasant crest
Topping: 6 strands of peacock herl
Cheek: Large jungle cock eyes

Notes: Originated by Kenneth Welch of Concord, New Hampshire. This fly was named for Mrs Barbara Cotton of Laconia who, with her husband Mert, has operated the Opechee Trading Post for 50 years. The fly was the first place entry in a fly tying competition sponsored by the New Hampshire Flyfishers' Association in 1995.

Variation: Not having every recipe item on hand, I used pink calf tail, silver holographic piping and yellow hackle for the original recipe items.