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Mark Knapp

Chichagof Herring

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This large bait fish pattern can be tied with either natural hair or synthetic fibers and can be fished in fresh or salt water for large predatory game fish. It was developed for ling cod, halibut and rock fish off the island of the same name. We fish it down to depths of over 200 ft. using customary and traditional fly fishing methods and down 120 ft. according to IGFA fly fishing rules.

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Chichagof Herring

Hook-  9/0 Owner 5192-191

Thread- white 6/0

Belly- white Icelandic sheep

Throat- red Icelandic sheep

Eye post- 120 lb. mono

Body- white Icelandic sheep

Cheek- holographic mylar flash. length of wing

Wing- black, over different shades of any color graduating to white Icelandic sheep

Eyes- 3/8" dia. brass disk beads.

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With the hook in the vise up-side-down, tie in the eye post about one third the length of the hook shank back from the eye. Tie it on cross ways using figure 8 wraps on the top of the shank. Put a drop of C.A. glue on it to secure it.

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Turn the hook over and tie in a small clump of white Icelandic sheep for the belly and a small red clump over that for the throat about 1/2 eye width from the eye. The belly should extend about one hook length past the bend end of the hook, the throat should be slightly shorter than that.

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Turn the hook back over to it's right-side-up orientation and tie in the Mylar strips or flashabou at the cheek for the lateral lines on both sides. They should extent to the end of the belly.

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Tie in a medium sized clump of white sheep hair for the body, and a small clump of white over that for the first wing. Tie in as many small clumps of dyed Icelandic sheep hair as you like graduating from light to dark, finishing with black. In this example we see seven colors all stacked up. They are white, light grey, teal blue, florescent chartreuse, light olive, dark olive and black. Form a nice head and whip finish.

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Turn the fly on its side and slide a disk bead over the monofilament eye post.

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Using a hackle guard and a lighter, melt the end of the monofilament. When the mono. is melted down sufficiently, take the hackle guard off and use it to smoosh the melted mono. down onto the bead to hold it in place and form a pupal for the eye.

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It should look something like this.

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Epoxy or use UV resin to cement the eyes and head of the fly.

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Clean the eye of the hook of any rebel fibers using a cauterizing tool.

Mark Knapp

 

 

 

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how do you get it down on the bottom?

 

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3 hours ago, TIER said:

how do you get it down on the bottom?

 

Sorry, how do you get what on the bottom?

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17 hours ago, TIER said:

how do you get it down on the bottom?

 

Are you asking how I get the flies on the bottom of the sea? That is done with a combination of using the tide, the wind and the right fly line to get it down. It's pretty complicated but I have explained quite a bit. You can find it described in my deep sea fly fishing video here.

 

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