Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Anywhere there's steelhead
It really is a blast. There isn't too much like catching a nice cow striper off the jetty. As far as the fly goes, it's much less complicated than it looks. This one is tied on shanks, Bob ties his mostly on stiff mono. Standard recipe as follows:
Shank: whatever you like, this fly is 2 35mm OPST steelhead shanks I had laying around.
Hook: Preferred platform is a Gamakatsu SL12, this is an SL11S 3/0.
Thread: I used Veevus 140 Powerthread
Bucktail: Any color scheme you fancy, I like white and chartreuse, and white and seafoam green to match the mullet run.
Feel free to add in any flash you see fit, or any other material for the head you like to do for predator flies.
Step 1: Tie in a clump of bucktail (use the longest and more wispy hairs)with 2 or 3 loose wraps on a shank for the tail the normal way. Use your thumbnail to spread the bucktail around the shank evenly. Tighten down the bucktail, pinching to prevent too much flaring.
Step 2: In evenly spaced intervals, reverse tie bucktail along the shank by repeating above process with tips facing the eye of the shank, then pull the tips up and back towards the tail and build a thread dam in front. Repeat until at the eye, than attach shank to the next one and continue reverse tying bucktail at even intervals along it. Remember to measure the tips of the bucktail to line up slightly shorter than the previous one to achieve a taper. Continue for as many shanks as you would like.
Step 3: Attach shank(s) to the hook, and tie in 2-3 more stations of bucktail. Once at the head, to create a Bulkhead like on this fly, get a larger than normal clump of bucktail, reverse tie as normal, but when you tighten the thread make sure you flare the bucktail ends. Then whip finish and voila! A Beast Fleye is born
Hope that helps, there are quite a few tutorials on YouTube. Gunnar Brammer has some and I believe Mr. Popovics himself does as well.
Pitter patter, let's get at'er