Baby, it’s cold outside and with winter upon us for a lot of fly anglers, not only is it ski season but it’s also fly tying season. The Silvernator by Brian Silvey is one fly that you need to add to your fly box and lots of them. The Slivernator is a relatively quick fly so making a bunch of them is easy. The really beat of this totally tubular pattern is you can get wild with the color combinations. So get your materials, get creative, and see what color combinations you can come up with, then show us what you got.
Originator: Brian Silvey
Tier and Photos: Mike Brown is the owner of Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage, AK. A lifelong Alaskan with a passion for family, fly fishing, and fly tying
- Tube: Pro Tube Nano Tube
- Hook Guide/Junction Tube: Pro Tube Hook Guide Medium or Large
- Thread: Veevus 140
- Tail: Straight Cut Rabbit Strip
- Wings: Ostrich Feathers
- Flash: Holographic Flash or Angle Hair
- Collar: Schlappen
- Beadhead: Pro Tube Pro Flexi Bead
Step 1. Place your tube with hook guide or junction tubing on to your mandrel, this will give you an idea of how long you want to make your tail. Start your thread at the base of your junction tube.
Step 2. Tie in your rabbit strip. Cut the strip a little bit longer than the end of your junction tube.
Step 3. Using 5-10 ostrich feathers, tie in on each side of the rabbit strip, I rotated the fly in the picture to show them on each side. You want the wings to be even with the end of the junction tube or just a little longer.
Step 4. Tie in your flash, 2-4 strands, and place them along each side of the fly. Trim the flash with a feather cut to the end of your rabbit tail.
Step 5. Tie in your schlappen and the base end.
Step 6. Wrap the schlappen 2-3 turns and tie off. Whip finish, but don’t build to big of a head.
Step 7. Slide your bead head on, it should cover up your head and sit firmly again the schlappen collar.
Step 8. Cut your tube and melt back to secure the bead head.
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