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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-06-2011, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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The sun was up as Rocky and I started out on our first fishing adventure together. As we paralleled the river I made mention that it appeared to be off color. Rocky’s responded “no that’s the color it is this time of year”. The river look green but not in a good way. My hope was it was just the gloom of a gray winters day casting its shadow on the waters surface. After a very long drive filled with superb steelhead conversation we made it to the spot we were going to fish. Standing next to the river it still look off color to me so I grabbed a few big rabbit flies to match the conditions. I decided to go big and lashed a bunny on my line and went to work. Fishing waist deep water I could just make out the tips of my wadding boots. I had no idea of what to expect, the river, the fish, and the time of year, were all new to me. Halfway through the first run I felt the line start to go tight. Big bug and a heavy sink tip my first thought was bottom. Then the unquestionable pull on the line, followed by a few head shakes. It took my brain a few seconds to comprehend I was hook to a steelhead. As fast as it all came together the fish was gone. First day on the river, first run, first hook up, to say I was a little jacked up would be an understatement. That first hook up gave me confidence in the fly and for good reason. The fly matched the condition perfectly and produced all but the last day (we only fished one run) of the trip. I like this style of fly because it rarely fouls. The copper tube sinks the fly but is still easy to cast. It may not be a pretty fly, but there are times when you need to get down and dirty. Have fun with this one and thanks for looking.



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Hook: Copper tube
Tail: Rabbit strip
Body: Rabbit strip palmered
Ribbing: UV polar chenille
Collar: Arctic fox followed by schlappen

Start the tying thread at the end of the tube. Secure in a length of rabbit strip as a tail. A small section of plastic tubing is secured to the strip about inch from the end of the tail.



Next tie in a length of rabbit strip and a length of UV polar chenille. Palmer the rabbit forward and secure.



Bring the ribbing forward. Velcro the trapped hairs out as you go. Secure down the ribbing and work the body with Velcro.



Build a dubbing loop and load it with arctic fox. Give it a spin. A few swipes with Velcro will pull the trapped hairs back out. Take a few turns with the fox to create a collar.



Tie in a schlappen hackle and give it a few turns. Secure the stem and clip.



Give it a whip and a hit of head cement and hold on. I will get to fish the John Day on my return from the NW Fly Tying Expo and this fly will be the first attached. Good tying and better fishing.



Here is a green and black version, I also tie this fly in black and orange and black and blue.


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 01:26 AM
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O hell ya. That works. I fished a simeler fly yesterday. I missed fish ans 1 landed fish. You ever seen a fly with rubber fealers or legs?

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Great fly and SBS as usual Marty! How do you keep the top section of tube from just sliding down on the swing? Does that make sense?
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You take the tippet through the first tube. Then you tie a loop, I use a double surgeon. The loop needs to be a little longer the distance between the end of the copper tube and the small tube. The end of the loop is inserted through the small tube then through the eye of the hook. The loop then goes over the bend of the hook and is then pulled tight. The hook should be almost to the end of the rabbit strip and the knot holds the loop in place at the back of the copper tube. Once you get an eye for the length, it goes pretty quick. When I am using 12 pound test I use a short length of the mono to thread the loop through both the small tube and the eye of the hook. Its a great system and as I said runs pretty clean. It hardly ever fouls.

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Very cool Marty! I tie one that is similar but I use a waddington and a fixed trailer. Looks like a good foul proof design.
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Very cool Marty! I tie one that is similar but I use a waddington and a fixed trailer. Looks like a good foul proof design.
You could do the same thing with the trailer, just run the loop for the trailer through the small tube before adding the hook.

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You could do the same thing with the trailer, just run the loop for the trailer through the small tube before adding the hook.
Exactly! This is a shot of one I took several years ago. I think I like your version a little better however.

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With the limited experience I have with steelhead, I can always count on a rabbit strip to move some fish on those tough days.

"Versatility".

Thank you for posting this fly & the SBS.
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First Class Marty !!!
The colours are perfect .... would hunt very well here at home

Nicely done !!!











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I love the idea of the small section of tube on the tail. I also tie a very similar fly but to keep the weight down a little bit I'll use crosscut rabbit fur in a dubbing loop for the body. That black/chartreuse one would be killer on a few of my home waters. Great inspiration!
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Yeah they work but I actually look for your extreme skills.
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I have tied strip leeches like this for a while - I attach a small bit of tubing with Loctite 414 flexible super glue. I use slightly larger inside diameter air brake tubing for the short front tube. To secure the hook I thread it through the body tube and the small bit at the back, tie on the hook then "peg" the hook in place by jamming a short piece of round tooth pick into the back end of the body tubing - if you put it in with a slight twisting action it will not slip.

Today I have done away with the back piece of tubing altogether. Instead I let water flow hold the trailing hook in position. I tie a short piece (1 1/2") of rabbit strip to my hook with tying thread, then I position this mini-strip at the end of my main strip and peg in place as before. As the fly swings the water pressure holds the hook in perfect position. I have a number of "mini-strips" pre-tied in various colours and can create some interesting colour combinations to my strip leeches.

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Hell yes - these work.

Are you familiar with Silveys' Tandem Tube? Very similar: On a plastic tube with cone-head, same rigging concept. Easy to cast for their size and startlingly "alive" in the water.

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I'm a big fan of tandem tubes. Very quick and easy to tie, lots of movement and can have a large profile while still being easy to cast.
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