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Edition: April 2018
Written by: Jerry Coviello
Photographed By: Jerry Coviello
Guest Tier: Jerry Coviello
Jeff Neamand the Banquet Chairman of BCTU and owner of Aquasun Outdoors showed me these flies he picked up from a man living in New Hampshire. But the man was found streamside where he passed away, we all hope he was coming back from the stream and had a great day fishing.
So Jeff was down to his final fly and asked me if I could create this pattern. I saw the photos and saw it was a simple pattern.
The fly tyer that developed the fly was Dave Baker a long time fly tyer and fly fisher from the Philadelphia area.
Hook: Size 12 Sproat bend, down-eye, 1X-heavy wire, and 1 X-long shank.(Daiichi 1560)
Thread: Orange 6/0 - 70 Denier
Tail: Wood Duck Flank Fibers tied split; 1 and ¼ length of the shank of the hook
Body: Hare’s Ear Mask and Red Fox Squirrel mixed with a little clear antron
Rib: Fine Silver Wire
Hackle: Brown Partridge
Please hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
Tie in wood duck fibers at the bend of the hook. These are not the standard proportion for tying in a tail.
Dave tied his tail 1 and 1/4 the length of the shank of the hook.
Split the tail into two even sections.
I ran the thread through the middle of the sections to keep them separated.
Tie in the fine silver wire under the shank of the hook to the bend of the hook.
Dub a tapered body with the mixture of red squirrel body, dark hare’s ear mask and small amount of clear antron.
I dubbed the body 3/4 of the shank of the hook or at least 3 eye lengths behind the eye.
Rib the body with the silver wire in open turns. Going in counter wraps.
Wrapping the body in the opposite direction of the dubbing body direction. Usually 5 or 6 turns.
Take a brown Partridge feather. Fold it and tie it in by the tip.
Once secured to the shank of the hook cut the tip.
Wrap the Partridge feather 2 1/2 to 3 wraps, stroke each wrap reward towards the bend of the hook.
Then secure the feather in place and trim the excess. Whip finish and add head cement.
Top view of the finished SplitTail Flymph.
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