This featured fly is tied by a friend of Deneki, Fly Connoisseur, and Fly Shop owner Mike Brown of Mossy’s Fly Shop, a lifelong Alaskan with a passion for family, fly fishing, and fly tying.
Cool temperatures and the rotting salmon smell is all you need to know, that the first thing I’m tying on this morning is flesh. Can you tie a bad flesh fly? Heck no! Flesh isn’t pretty, it doesn’t have to swim wing up or track straight, in fact the worse it looks the better.
But as fly tiers, we tend to strive for something that looks good. This is where the Yardstick flesh comes in. While this is just a run of the mill flesh fly, it has a certain sense of elegance about it, plus we get to use some beads to tie it and that makes it unique.
This fly has produced a lot of trout in the 907 and it’s one worth having a few in the box Hope you enjoy!
Fly Originator: McDonough
- Hook: Aqua Talon Sz 4 or 2
- Thread: Veevus 140 Fl. Red
- Dumbbell Eyes: Medium Plated Lead Eyes
- Stinger Material: 30lb Power Pro
- Shank: 26mm Aqua Shank
- Tail: White or Flesh Zonker Rabbit
- Belly: 4, 6mm Trout Beads
- Body: Crosscut Rabbit in a flesh color
- Head: Marabou Plume
Step 1. Start your thread at the front of the hook.
Step 2. Tie in your zonker rabbit strip. You want the rabbit to extend just past the hook. Tie off and whip finish.
Step 3. Loop on your articulation thread. Slide 4, 6mm beads onto the thread.
Step 4. Place your shank in the vice and attach your dumbbell eyes, tie them in tight to the shank eye with figure 8 wraps and run your thread to the back.
Step 5. Attach your rear hook articulation thread with beads with a few wraps of thread, adjust your length (typical length of 3” overall). Tie down your articulation thread well.
Step 6. Pull your zonker rabbit strip tight and tie down to the shank. Trim off excess.
Step 7. Tie in your crosscut flesh colored rabbit.
Step 8. Wrap your rabbit strip forward with touching wraps, approximately 3-4 turns. Tie off and trim.
Step 9. Tie in marabou plume by the tip.
Step 10. Wrap the marabou forward to the eyes, sweeping the feather back with each tun. Whip finish.
The Final Fly