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Mushmouth SBS
Mushmouth SBS
Published by peregrines
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Mushmouth (SBS)
This pattern can be modified to match baitfish in your area by matching the hook sizes and changing the color/shade of the belly, sides and back. This example is tied on a 1/0 hook and is about 6" long. It's used to imitate a Striped Mullet a common saltwater baitfish on the East Coast that runs out of the bays after the first cold snap in September and migrates down the coast in large schools Click the image to open in full size.
Type of fly Baitfish
Originator of pattern if known David Skok
Tied and Submitted by peregrines
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern Beginner/Intermediate, a very simple and forgiving baitfish pattern using basic tying skills. Although an easy pattern to tie there are some specific steps used in the construction that would benefit from some previous tying experience. This pattern is another in our upcoming series of Saltwater Fly Tying Lessons.
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook A short shank hook, an Eagle Claw 254 saltwater hook size used 1/0 here. (These are best tied on short shanked hooks to reduce fouling.)
Thread Danville's Fine Mono
Spine Super Hair tied in at midpoint of shank and covered in Softex
Internal Flash Flashabou can be tied in and set along the Softex covered Super Hair spine while the Softex is still wet.
Belly Light colored thin flexible material (Slinky Fiber, Kinky Fiber, Gliss n Glo, Flash Blend, Angel Hair, Wing 'N Flash etc)
Sides and Back Same as belly but usually in a darker color
Lateral Line or Flash
Head Thread
Special tying notes This pattern's design uses a spine of stiff material (Super Hair) that is covered in Softex to support materials that will be tied in over it. Prepare hanks of material used for belly, sides and back in advance- these will be tied in while the Softex on the spine is still wet. Material for the belly sides and back is tied in material extending towards rear and some material extending towards front of hook which is not trimmed, but folded back over the body in later steps.
Tie on thread at 50% point (midpoint) of shank Click the image to open in full size.
Select small bunch of Super Hair and cut it from hank. Stagger ends by pulling individual strands of Super Hair so that the Super Hair does not end abruptly like a paintbrush. Tie in Super Hair at midpoint of shank. Click the image to open in full size.
Take a couple of turns of thread directly behind Super Hair around the bare shank to prop up the Super Hair. Click the image to open in full size.
Trim the forward facing butt ends of Super Hair Click the image to open in full size.
Apply a liberal coating of Softex to the Super Hair with your bodkin. Coat both sides, top and bottom. This will create a stiff spine that will help support the next layers of thinner and more flexible material and prevent fouling. Click the image to open in full size.
Tie in several strands of Flashabou extending towards rear and press them against the Super Hair spine while it is still wet (before the Softex has dried). Click the image to open in full size.
Advance thread to 75% point of shank. Click the image to open in full size.
Tie in a length of lighter colored thin flexible material (like Kinky Hair, Slinky Hair, Flash Blend etc) for the belly of the baitfish. In this case, a hank of material for the belly is tied in along one side (the near side) of the shank in the middle of the hank, with the excess extending over the front of the hook. Before moving to the next step, fold the forward facing material back along the far side of the hook and bind down with thread. Forming the belly in this way is a bit easier than tying material directly on the bottom of the shank and extending rearward straddling the hook point, and is less likely to foul. Click the image to open in full size.
Once the belly has been tied back along both sides, tie in darker colored thin flexible material material (Kinky Fiber, Slinky Fiber, Flash Blend etc) to form the back of the bait fish. Here the hank has been tied in directly on top of the shank with approximately 3/4 of the hank extending towards the rear, and 1/4 of the hank extending out over the front of the hook. The forward facing material will be folded rearward over the top in a later step. Click the image to open in full size.
Coat the sides and top of the baitfish with Softex past the bend of the hook Click the image to open in full size.
Tie in strands of Flashabou or Krystal flash along both sides if desired. Click the image to open in full size.
Advance thread forward to directly behind eye of the hook. Click the image to open in full size.
Fold forward facing material back over the top and along the sides of the baitfish while the Softex is still wet and shape the baitfish into a cigar shape with fingers Click the image to open in full size.
Tie off thread behind the hook eye directly in front of material. Click the image to open in full size.
Apply epoxy or light cured resin to glue eyes to side of baitfish Click the image to open in full size.
Mark baitfish with waterproof pen (Sharpie etc) as desired. Here the blue dot represents the blue mark directly behind the pectoral fins of a Striped Mullet. the fly is about 6" long and is tied on a 1/0 short shank hook Click the image to open in full size.
Here are a few examples using different color schemes, but tied the same way. The top and middle flies are about 7" long and are tied on 2/0 short shank hooks. The one on the bottom is about 14" long on a 3/0 hook and uses Yak hair (because of it's long length) in addition to shorter Flash Blend and Slinky Fiber to get a big profile. Click the image to open in full size.
Target species Wide variety of salt and fresh water gamefish
Fishing notes An easy to tie and durable pattern that can be tied in various sizes and colors to match local baitfish or in the colors of your choice as an attractor pattern. Here are a couple more examples, the long one at the bottom was tied on a 3/0 short shank hook using several colors of Flash Blend and Yak (Yak hair because of it's length) and is 14" long.
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