Skitterbug SBS

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

  1. ScottP

    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

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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

    Steve
     
  3. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    very interesting
     
  4. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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

    ScottP Active Member

    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

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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

    GAT Active Member

    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

    Mark Mercer Member

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

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

    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

    troutdopemagic Active Member

    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

    GAT Active Member

    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

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

  13. GAT

    GAT Active Member

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

    ScottP Active Member

    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