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A flatwing streamer for striped bass
Published by peregrines
10-14-2010
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Type of fly topwater flatwing streamer baitfish
Originator of pattern if known I just based this one on many other flies using a hodge podge of techniques by Ken Abrames, Joe Cordiero, Bob Popovics and others. It’s black and blue and as thick as your thumb. And the name is a clue to a not so secret spot where it has been known to swim in near by waters.
Tied and Submitted by peregrines
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern Intermediate, a little more complicated pattern because the tying of a flatwing tail and spinning deerhair for the head is a bit tricky. So some previous experience tying different types of patterns is helpful
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook Short shank hook preferred to reduce fouling. Eagle Claw 254 size 1 here
Thread Black
Tail A small bunch of mixed purple, blue and red bucktail is tied in first and spread into a horizontal; fan shape. This will provide some structural support for the flatwing saddles that will rest on top. 3 flatwing saddles are tied in curve side down, 2 black saddles over 1 dark blue dyed badger, with 2 strands of blue/pink Flashabou tied in at middle, leaving two strands on each side. The black feathers used here are Whiting Bronze grade “Flatwing Saddle” feather, and the blue dyed badger is a Whiting “Eurohackle saddle” feather. You want feathers with a gradual taper in width from base to tip and a thin flexible stem.
Collar “Hollow fleye” style collar of reverse tied bucktail. Mixed blue, purple, and black with a few strands of red bucktail
Body None
Collar Tips of black dyed deer belly hair
Head black dyed deer belly hair spun and clipped to shape, trimmed flat on bottom close to shank with a blunt front designed to push water.
Special tying notes Feel free to vary colors and sizes to suit. There's a step by step tutorial under "Hollow Fleye" demonstrating the reverse tie in for the "hollow fleye" collar
Target species Striped bass
Fishing notes This is designed to be a v-waking fly to be swung in current and fished on the surface at night.
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