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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2019, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Cascade shank

Yup, a shank
Contrary to many beliefs, I do tie and fish shanks ... why wouldn't I

This variation of the Cascade is a staple of mine. It was developed during a fall salar hunt one night at the tying table. I wanted a fly to sink, have a ton of movement, have fishy colours and a bit of glimmer and POP.





Platform: Pictured is a 20mm waddington shank
Trailer hook: Partridge Salar tube hook #6, fastened with 25lb nylon coated braided wire
Body: Rear 2/3 - Gold Holographic braid, front 1/3 - Hot Orange Arctic Fox under fur, dubbed and formed into a dubbing ball
Underwing: Hot Orange Arctic Fox tail guard hairs with some under fur, tied in the "round". Over top of under fur is Krystal Flash or Mirage Flash (blue, purple, copper)
Overwing: Black marabou, one side stripped and use two turns only. Over top is a few strands of Pearl Mirage flash
Cheeks: JC Nails
Head: Black, but I often use a band of Hot Orange tying thread (a-la Carrie Stevens)

Since using this shank, I have added a Blue Cascade, Hot Pink Cascade and Purple Cascade variations. All have enticed both salar and steelhead into taking.
It is important to keep the materials sparse and flowing for maximum effectiveness. It's a great cold water pattern !!


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And who says a well tied steelhead pattern influenced fly can't catch salmon. I'll bet this one will!!
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Whoa! I hate it when my new teeth hit the floor! Nice looking shank Mike. I am sure it would do well up here.

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Thanks gentlemen
This Cascade inspired shank has taken it's share of steelhead and a few salar as well
I get that fishy feeling every time I swing it


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Awesome Mike! Well done man. I might try some of your sparse tying if I ever tie a shank fly again!

Something about the orange/black here on the GL’s in fall eh??!!
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looks delicious mike ! i'll have to copy that one .
thanks , jim
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Awesome Mike! Well done man. I might try some of your sparse tying if I ever tie a shank fly again!

Something about the orange/black here on the GLís in fall eh??!!
The Orange & Black theme originated for me with east coast salmon fishing. The purple and blue flash added a nice accent with the copper and pearl flash ... a steelhead twist to the pattern.
I must say, it is my most productive shank for both Atlantics and GL's Steelhead

Try a short but steep dubbing ball and then add the collar of sparse guard hairs with a bit of under fur evenly collared around the dubbing ball. It acts as a great prop for that fabled "umbrella effect"
I can't stress enough the importance of stripping one side of the marabou plume, even when doing to wraps. It's the bulk and density that hinder the action. By stripping the plume on one side ensures that you are not doubling up in the same place. Try it, you will see the results clearly


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orange and black i called my halloween fly....once upon a time when the Thompson was still open it would open around then and i did well with that color combo.....( Oh and also on a waddington shank) So sad it's only a dream now!!!
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