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Hi,

Can anyone share how they tie up an Intruder? I couldn't find anything while searching. I did see Neil's GLs again. A very sweet fly I want to try out this fall.

Thanks in advance,

Gary
 

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Howdy Gary,

I believe the Jack Cook has a step by step on his website (www dot irishangler dot com, if not there, he has a package with detailed instructions on how to tie them as well as the materials needed.

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Hey Gary...

Can anyone share how they tie up an Intruder?
After I get-em cornered with a 12 gauge, 44 mag, and a bright flashlight I like to use plenty of parachute chord so I can really truss them up tight while we wait until the law arrives.

Sorry, I just couldn't help it :lildevl:
 

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Here are the instructions for the Intruder - have fun!

The Intruder
by Ed Ward


Hook:

I tie this on a tube - usually 21/2 - 3” long and use a short-Shanked
Partridge Nordic Single Spey #4

Ed uses quite a complicated but ingenious method. The fly itself is tied on a straightened and cut-off 2/0 Mustad 36890 and the trailer hook is a #1 or 2 Diachii 2451. He then ties a loop of 25lb mono 1/4” from the tip of the hook. Tie in oval gold tinsel and take 2 wraps in back of the loop and 1 in front (this flares the loop out).

Rear hackle:

Tie in a long, soft, black hackle and take 3 wraps

Feelers:
Tie in 9 strands of dyed orange ostrich plume on each side of the fly. Tie in dyed orange ringneck pheasant tail and take 3 or 4 turns.

Body:
Tie in a long skinny badger hackle and leave hanging. Tie in burnt orange chenille and wrap forward to within 1/2” of the eye of the hook. Wind the badger hackle forward ending with 3 successive turns at the point at where the chenille ends. Spin a small clump of black deerhair (this flares the front hackle) trim butts flush with the shank. Tie in orange ringneck pheasant tail and take 3 or 4 turns.

Shell:

Tie in 2 cree hackles on each side of the shank for “wings.” Tie in dyed orange guinea hackle and take 4 or 5 turns.

Head:

Tie in a small ball of black chenille. Tie in lead eyes. Whip finish. Cover head with Aquaseal thinned with Cotol.

Tying note 1:

Ringneck pheasant tails are split down the stem with a single-edge razor, so they can be wrapped as a hackle. Soaking the tail for 10 minutes in warm water can aid in the splitting and wrapping process. Now I soak my tails in water with a dollop of hair conditioner in it overnight. Then I start at the top and strip the fibres from each side of the stem - it works great - the conditioner keeps the feather supple enough to wrap even after it is dry.

Tying note 2:

Other species of pheasant tail produce different appearances. Amherst is striking and I have used Silver pheasant.

Tying note 3:

Try any colour combinations you like!

Rigging the Intruder

Ed rigs this like the British “needle-fly.” Pass your leader through the eye of the hook, then through the mono loop, then through a 1/4” long piece of 16 gauge electrical wire from which the wire has been removed. Tie the leader to the hook with a non-slip loop knot. Push the electrical insulation up onto the end of the hookshank and slowly pull on the leader to draw the knot snugly into the other end of the insulation, making everything pulls together with the hook point riding up.

I tie on tubes and it eliminates the complicated rigging, the same could be accomplished on a Waddington shank. Originally Ed tied this on a large regular hook but was unhappy with the holding power as well as the potential for injuring fish and went to his present method.

I think that this is a brilliant pattern. It has a great profile and fantastic movement. As a steelhead pattern it is not a pattern everyone like - almost solely because of its huge size. I have always been partial to big flies for steelhead so it was not tough for me to accept!

I have begun to experiment with various colours and feathers, Ed himself says he rarely ties 2 the same - so have at it!
 

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Poppy - I forgot to add - after you do all this then grab a 12 ga. defender - just in case it tries to make a move on you! :eek:
 

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Is it intruder time again? I've got the mag with the article somewhere. I put it under my pillow at night when we get closer to fall.
 

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Thanks all

Thanks for the info Kush. That's quite the list of material. No wonder I can't figure it out by looking at pictures.

I see I'll need to make a trip to a fly shop and/or make some substitutions.

Are your tubes plastic or metal?

I am thinking of using aluminum.

Thanks,

Gary
 

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You can tie them on cotter keys from the hardware store (come in all weights and lengths, and are easily reshaped to the appropiate shape with a pair of pliers prior to tying)l) and using thread and glue, cinch in a backing material loop in them for the trailing hook. Plastic tubes are very easy to use and the other tubes work too..I found that the tubes and cotter keys are just as effective as the waddington shanks(Jack will shoot me for saying that) , and the tubes are much faster tying ...the materials(rhea feathers) are quite beautiful and the flowing action in the water is attractive. Jacks instructions on the web are also at www.isomedia.com/homes/celestev/ I think...these things are a pain to cast at times...they are effective fish takers though.
 

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Thanks Jack

I've been to your site to look at gear, didn't realize you had a fly section. Great stuff. I'll be getting an order to you soon.

Thanks

Gary
 

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Gary-
Since you'll already be tying you might as well just keep those fingers busy for Jamey and me. We ought to be able to lose a few of those on grocery carts downtown...
 

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sva01 said:
Gary-
Since you'll already be tying you might as well just keep those fingers busy for Jamey and me. We ought to be able to lose a few of those on grocery carts downtown...

True, and I already have a full box of VooDoo flies. I need to get down there and see that way lower stretch you guys hit last weekend.
 

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I might have a new "go-to" pattern!

I have fished the intruders off and on this fall. Mostly I've been fishing Willie Gunns, black GP and black voodoos. My last time through a run (after the posse' left) I had a good solid take on a black intruder. Got a nice buck to the shore, intruder hook planted firmly in corner of mouth (pix will need to be developed). Cooooool. What made this extra special is that a well known spinner thrower and author just fished through the same area 20 minutes before.

BTW, I tied these on 35mm waddingtons.

Gary
 

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Nicely done....always great to follow up and bang one......good stuff'
 

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Do you look for any particular river conditions before fishing these leviathans? Down on my end of LM we're still in drought conditions, 14 inches below normal last I heard. Just curious on your thoughts about swinging something the size of an small bird in these conditions (low and cleeear!). I'm sure there are tons of opinions on this (dominant males, targeting agressive takers, yada yada) but what are your thoughts. Other opinions are always welcome of course because everyone has one ;) .
 

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SVA01 is loving the Intruders right about now, bet he has one on his pillow next to him tonight. Were pretty low in our neck of the woods, but he cleaned up with them tonight. I think water temp is more a priority than water level. There has to be a deep spot some where.
 

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yo watershed

for sure SVA01 had one of these tucked away under his pillow last night.

It was reported by a reliable source (if you trust Jamey) that SVA01 actually hooked up and landed some steel swinging a Jamey tube intruder.

I am fishing these in quicker tempo water (at least thigh deep) or deeper slots. I don't have alot of water time with them yet. My tie follows what Jack Cook lists on his web site (with some substitutions).

Gary
 

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Hi;

Anyone who had succes with Intruders for Atlantic Salmon?

It looks as a good fly for seatrout in Argentina. I will tie up some and try them down there in febuary.
 

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Hi Peter.
Toni just arrived from Finland this afternoon.
He will be taking a few boxes back home with him to try out on the Atlantics,I'm sure!!!
Check it out with him later.
Speyladdie :smokin:
 
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