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Tom Thumb SBS
Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:52 AM
A vintage stillwater pattern; either English or B.C. roots. The wing/shellback sequence was lifted from Charlie Craven's Improved Humpy; makes it much easier to get consistent wing length and cuts down on bulk.
hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - UTC 140 tan
tail - elk hair
body - peacock herl
shellback/wing - elk hair
mash barb, start thread; wrap to bend
clean, stack, measure (gap width past bend) a clump of elk hair; tie in/trim
clean, stack, measure (shank length) another clump of elk
tie in at eye, trim about 1/2 of the hair out as you wrap to towards the tail to cut down on bulk
tie in peacock, wrap herl to front, tie off/trim; re-enforce if you want (I should have counterwrapped some x-small wire - next one) but with the ungulate shellback, it's just a race to see which will shred first
pull shellback forward; tie off/trim butts
pull wing back (note to self - use black thread next time)
half hitch x 2, SHHAN
Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:00 AM
Nice. I always tied mine where the front wing is the tips of the hair that is pulled over the back. Hard to keep measurements straight and stay consistent that way, this looks like a much easier approach.
Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:45 AM