Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12th Man Fly: The Recipe
For those of you that follow my social media, you have been seeing a lot of blue and green steelhead flies show up over the last couple years. As a native of Washington State I am beyond pumped for the season that the Hawks have had this year, and have been tying up more steelhead bugs in their colors, one for each game. This past weekend I tied up probably one of the most challenging and also best steelhead flies I have ever tied. A twist on the new-school classic, the intruder, this fly came out spot on how I imagined it. After a couple of requests from friends on Facebook I am posting the recipe below. If you wrap one up, or your own version of a 12th man fly, tag it #12thmanflies and #evoanglers (we love Instagram) and we'd love to check them out. Good luck wrapping and GO HAWKS!!!!!
The 12th Man Fly, You Mad Bro? edition:
Directions are in the order that they are wrapped onto the tube. I broke it out into front and back half because that's how I think about it when I tie intruders.
Tube: Pro Tube in Light Blue
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S, Sz. 4.
Thread: UltraThread 70 Black
Eyes: White Lead Eyes
Tag: Three wraps of seahawks green Polar Chenille, starting just barely on the large "junction" section of the pro tube
Tail: Three wraps of seahawks green schlappen
Tail Feelers: About 20 or so Seahawks Green ostrich herl fibers, tied in a dubbing loop and wrapped. I then added the barring with a sharpie.
Last rear hackle wrap: Seahawks Green Guinea
Body wrap: mission blue lagartun flat braid
Bump: Blue arctic fox, spun in a loop, three wraps on hook.
Hackle: Blue Schlappen, 3 wraps
Feelers: 20 or so ostrich hero fibers, spun into a sloop, wrapped around evenly
Next set of feelers: 12 Lady Amherst Fibers, separated by twos, placed on the tube and separated to look even on all sides
Hackle: black schlappen, 3 wraps.
Flash: Two strands of blue mirror flash
Eyes: One Jungle Cock Eye on each side, without the fibers stripped off
Feelers: Two blue grizzly saddle hackles that extend to the furthest rear part of the fly.
Hackle: 3 more wraps of black schlappen.