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A couple weeks ago I crashed at my buddy Cody’s house in Gilpin County Colorado. The first time I stayed there he introduced me to a cocktail that I have not drank since, Crown Royal & Cranberry Juice. I woke his wife up that night when I fell off a bar stool at their kitchen counter. The crown and Cranberry is a sneaky Pete. Cody is a full time guide/stream restoration project manager/ aquatic biologist / and all around wizard for The Flyfisher Group. A hell of a good fisherman, hunter and fly tier. This past stay at his house he showed me some sculzilla streamer patterns he was tying/ tweaking. I busted out the camera document the process and here is the result. Not your normal fly tying tutorial, because in my opinion those are like watching paint dry. I couldn’t tell you the exact process to this tie but I can break it down as I remember it.
First- Pour yourself an Extra Gold into a frosted mug. This was the first time I have tried this particular brand of beer. The jury is still out. You be the judge.
Second – Wrap your hook with some olive thread and tie in a olive rabbit strip. This is your tail. Do not cut off tag end, you will continue to tie in the rabbit strip on step 5
Third- Take 30lb spider wire and loop it through the eye of the hook.
Fourth- Put another hook in the vise ( this will be the body of the fly, the hook will be snipped off), slide a cone head over the hook and slide up to the eye. Then wrap the shank in olive thread, wrap the wire attached to the trailing hook into the shank of the hook in the vice. Cover with head cement then wrap again.
Fifth- Start incorporating the rabbit strip that is still attached to the trailing hook. This strip will be the spine of the body.
Sixth– Make a dubbing loop and wax it. Grab some crystal flash dubbing and add it to your dub loop. Spin it and wrap it at the end of your rabbit strip. At this point your fly body should be about 3/4 of the way up the shank of the hook.That will be the body.
Seventh – This step you tie in some red guinea feathers as the Gills of the fly. You can use any color you like but red is a good color for gills.
Eighth- Tie in some olive marabou as the skirt of the fly. This will cover the gills a bit and give the fly a pulsing behavior in the water. I just made that up. But, I think its true.
Ninth – Tie in some grizzly chickabou for the collar.
Finally – Carefully use some zap a gap to secure the cone head of the fly. Don’t over do it of you’ll get that glue on your feathers and you’ll really be pissed. Just put a gob or two inside the cone and slide the cone back towards your last step. Use red thread to finish the head of the fly. Build the thread up around the front of the cone so it secures the cone in place.
Finish your beer and look at your master piece. There are quite s few steps but it will save you about 5.95 a fly if you tie your own. The whole tie took Cody about 20 minutes. It would take me 20 days. I hope I didn’t confuse all of you but that was from memory. Shorten that leader its streamer season.