Shenk's Sculpin (modified) SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Simplified version of Ed Shenk's pattern; the twisted marabou body is a lot quicker to tie than spun/clipped rabbit hair and still makes for a meaty profile. Change colors to suit your needs.


    hook - Mustad 79580 #6
    thread - UTC 140 brown olive
    underbody - lead-free wire .030
    tail - marabou blood olive
    body - butt ends of marabou, wrapped
    pectoral fins - deer hair tips
    head - deer hair clipped



    mash barb, wrap rear 2/3 of shank with lead-free wire

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    start thread and over-tie lead wraps; tie in marabou blood feather (shank length)

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    twist marabou butts

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    and wrap forward to cover lead wraps

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    clean and stack a CLUMP of deer hair

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    measure for length (tips extending to bend)

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    2 soft loops and pull firmly

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    release the hair and let it spin around shank; add another wrap or two, pack it back (I use my fingers) and move thread forward

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    clean another clump, trim tips (no need to stack), tie in and spin

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    if you have more room, add another clump, then tie off and apply Sally with gusto

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    flip fly over on it's back, lay razor blade on hook eye for reference

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    push blade straight back

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    flip fly back over and repeat razor cut, this time with the blade sloping up at a slight angle

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    shape the head, leaving some fibers on each side for the fins; flat from the side

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    fat from the top

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    the seamy underbelly

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    finished fly

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    Regards,
    Scott
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  2. kelvin Active Member

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    very nice looking tie!
  3. Rob Ast Active Member

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    West Pugetopolis WA
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    Very nice. If I ever get the urge to try spinning deer hair I might try these on a saltwater hook for SRCs.
  4. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    Somewhere Near Selah, WA
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    awesome scott, love the profile. think ill tie my next few zoo cougars with a wider flatter head like that.