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brookfieldangler 11-15-2012 06:42 PM

Senko Fly
Here is the SBS for a great fly that is like a Senko. It's a big worm with great action. I discovered this pattern at a local fly fishing show. A gentleman named Rich McElligott came up with it and he is the Executive Director of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. I am not sure what he calls it so I have dubbed it the "Senko Fly"


Hook: 1/0 wide gap worm hook (regular bass hook)
Thread: 210 Denier (match color to fly)
Body/Tail: Patons Bohemian Chenille

Start by cutting 2 pieces of chenille. 1 piece at 9" and the other at about 5"

Next, using a lighter or candle, melt one tip of the 5" piece of chenille. This is just to keep the tail from fraying

Melted tip

Now, placing the hook in the vice hook point up (pay no attention my photo that shows it down) start your thread at the eye and end with the thread against the corner of the bend

Take either piece and tie it in on either side of the hook

Next tie in the other piece on the opposite side that you tied in your first one.

Once both pieces are tied in, pull both pieces back past the hook bend making sure that the hook is surrounded on both sides. Then pinch both pieces with your fingers.

Next, leave a little bit of slack in the chenille between the hook point and the hook eye and use a clothes pin or other clip to hold the chenille to the hook.

That should leave you with two pieces of chenille dangling off the back of the hook. If you are right handed, hold the shorter piece with your left hand and using your right hand, wrap the longer piece 6 times starting at the hook and going towards the tail around the shorter piece in your left hand.

Then wrap it 6 times forward.

Note: The wraps will only go back a couple of inches and not all the way to the tail.

Next, remove the clip and continue wrapping between the longer piece of chenille around the shorter piece between the hook bend and the hook eye. This takes a bit of nimbleness until you get past the hook point. The good thing is that this won't unravel if you have to let go for a second.

Wrap all the way to the hook eye.

Once you get to the hook eye, tie it off with a couple of wraps, cut the excess chenille away, and build a nice head.

Whip finish and cut the thread.

For the final step, take some watershed - or similar product - and apply it to the last inch of the tail.

This allows the fly to have a tail up stance when falling through the water column and resting on the bottom.

Let the water shed dry and catch some fish!

Overall, it's a pretty easy tie and takes minimal material. You could always add weight to the nose to get it to the bottom a bit quicker but a ton of strikes come on the fall!

Also, please excuse my crappy pictures and the messy tying bench! I've been in a tying frenzy as of late and haven't had much time to reorganize :grin:

mcnerney 11-15-2012 07:01 PM

Re: Senko Fly
Great looking pattern, thanks for posting the SBS. That sure is an interesting pattern.

frogg 01-09-2013 04:10 PM

Re: Senko Fly
I'm going to have to tie a few of these this winter.
I love fishing Senko style worms with spin gear for big bass in the shallows.


wt bash 01-09-2013 04:53 PM

Re: Senko Fly
Looks like a good fly for hitting the beds with:D

riverbilly 01-09-2013 04:55 PM

Re: Senko Fly
Very cool brookfieldangler. I was a big fan of the Senko before my fly days, still have about $100 of them laying around.

I suppose you can get that type of chenille at a craft store?


floorabove 01-21-2013 02:26 PM

Re: Senko Fly
Looks good.

Can this fly only be used once?

Or does the "senko," slide back into position near the point after you catch?

brookfieldangler 01-21-2013 05:54 PM

Re: Senko Fly

Originally Posted by floorabove (Post 518676)
Looks good.

Can this fly only be used once?

Or does the "senko," slide back into position near the point after you catch?

Nope - it can be used over and over and over. One nice thing is that, unlike a senko, it doesn't tear after the first or second fish

bmbailes 01-21-2013 08:32 PM

Re: Senko Fly
I've tied several of these after rich showed me. once they're wet you have no need for weights. just be ready to stiffen your leader! they work does his Shannon streamer too!

pszy22 02-22-2013 05:13 AM

Re: Senko Fly
A san juan worm on steroids!

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