Skitterbug SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    A neat alternative to a hackled spider (deer hair's a lot easier for me to come by than quality hackle in the larger sizes, and the butts provide a little additional floatation); simple and quick to tie.


    hook - Mustad 94863 #8 (since I'm tying an old fly, might as well use an old hook; think I bought this box in 1973 with my first flyrod, a Fenwick FF756)
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    body/"hackle" - deer hair


    attach thread above hook point

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    clean, stack a clump of deer hair; measure for length (hook shank)

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    lay on shank with tips facing forward

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    2 soft loops, pull firmly and allow hair to spin around shank

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    wrap thread forward (the greater the separation between the 2 the easier it is to spin the 2nd bunch of deer hair)

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    clean, stack, measure another clump; repeat tie-in with tips facing towards the rear

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    spin hair and push the 2 clumps together with fingernails

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    tie off, half hitch x2, and SHHAN

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    trim butt ends on either side and you're done

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    Plan to try this bug here this summer when the craneflies come out to play

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    Regards,
    Scott
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  2. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Hi Scott,
    I'm assuming that you would not dead-drift this fly, but let it swing/wake along the surface??

    Steve
  3. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    very interesting
  4. Big E Moderator

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    Nice technique. I could see using this as a way to make a stiffer prop on an intruder.
  5. ScottP Active Member

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    Steve,

    I'll probably do a little of both and see what the fish think; never used one of these before so I'm in uncharted waters here.

    Regards,
    Scott
  6. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Thanks, Scott. I think I know some cutts that might find that fly skittered across the surface as irresistible.
    Steve
  7. GAT Active Member

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    A dry fly egg pattern, interesting -- too bad it requires the use of deer hair :D

    (Member of DHC: Hello, my name is GAT and I'm deer hair challenged.)

    To tell you the truth, that is one of the most unique patterns I've seen in a very long time.
  8. Mark Mercer Member

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    Oh...come on now, you got that from a alien, right! I like it....
  9. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    A deer hair version of the old spider fly, where dry fly hackles are tied on a hook in the same manner. Very nice, Scott. How would it look with 2 different colors of deer hair? The old hackled spider was often tied with 2 colors of hackle.

    I've dead drifted the hackled fly with good results, never tried waking it.

    Well done, Scott.
  10. troutdopemagic Active Member

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    Interesting, I've never seen a fly like that before. However that picture you posted looks an awful lot like Soda Butte Creek in YNP. I could be wrong.......
  11. GAT Active Member

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    Well, the photo certainly doesn't look like any I've seen taken in Virginia:) But I've never been there so maybe there's sage brush everywhere!
  12. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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  13. GAT Active Member

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    Well actually, I'd have an easier time wrapping the hell out of hackle than using deer hair but I am DHC .... :)
  14. ScottP Active Member

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    Not quite, but you're only about 5 gallons of gas away.


    Ron,

    No reason why you couldn't tie it with different colors of deer hair; that would be interesting. Thanks for your link.

    Gene,

    No sage in VA, but we do have kudzu.


    Regards,
    Scott