Flashtail Minnow SBS

June’s fly of the month is one that I had some success with for trout in Georgia back in April, it should also be a killer bass and redfish fly though as it’s one of the most realistic looking flies I’ve seen in the water. Blake tied this up and provides his instructions below:

Materials:

– Flashabou

– Zonker strip

– Flash chenille

– Wool roving

– Doll eyes

Step 1. Use your bodkin to punch a hole at the end of the zonker strip. Use your bobbin threader to pull a few pieces of flash through the hole.

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Step 2. Mount a needle in the vice and start the thread on the end with only a few wraps.

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Step 3. Tie the flash together behind the zonker keeping it from falling out. I’m sure I could have just tied it in to the shank of the hook, but I just wanted a little flash at the back of the fly, so I did it this way.

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Step 4. Whip finish, pull the whole thing off the needle, use your choice of cement on the threads.

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Step 5. Mount hook in vice and lay down a thread base to the bend of the hook.

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Step 6. Add whatever amount of lead that you want along the hook shank and cover with thread.

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Step 7. Tie in zonker with a couple wraps at the start of the hook bend.

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Step 8. Tie in the flash chenille and palmer up the fly leaving enough room for the zonker tie in and the head.

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Step 9. Do your best to part the flash on the top of the hook, pull over the strip, and tie it in.

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Step 10. Use whatever material you like to make the head. I used some wool roving that I got from Joann fabric. It’s a lot of material. I don’t remember the cost, but since it isn’t made for fly tying, I’m sure its cheap. I skipped some steps here by accident. I tied one clump of white on the bottom, then one clump of green on the top. Pull back and make a couple wraps on the shank to secure, and then repeat behind the hook eye. I only used 2 separate tie ins, but if you use less material, you may need more. You end up with something like this.

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Step 11. Whip finish behind the hook eye and trim the fly to the desired shape. I like to go pretty tall on the top and bottom, and pretty short on the sides.

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Step 12. Cut the extra plastic off the back of a doll eye and glue on. I like to use household goop. It doesn’t run, gets in the fibers well, and holds the eyes on well. A little more trimming after the eyes are on and I’m left with a finished fly.

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Enjoy, and as always, a little proof of concept:

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