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The Raccoon (Skip Morris) tied by letumgoFly Type: Nymphs
, General Freshwater
, Target Species: Steelhead
, Freshwater Bass
, Sea Trout
, Recommended Region: Northeast US
, Northwest US
, Western Canada
, Eastern Canada
, Material List:
Hook - Daiichi (Sizes 6 and 8 / Model 1710 or 2XL Standard Nymph Hook)
Tungsten Bead Head (Gold) - I mount the bead backwards to partially cover the eye of the hook and put the weight as far forward as possible.
Thread - UNI-Thread (6/0) - Black
Tail - Hungarian Partridge Hackle fibers
Body - Blend of rabbit dubbing and silver Lite Brite dubbing. In this case black rabbit dubbing was used. (Skip Morris also recommends using red, pink, yellow, chartreuse, cream, or orange.) The body is formed by using a dubbing loop. The rabbit/Lite Brite blend is added to the dubbing loop and twisted. The body should be picked out to make it full and fluffy.
Hackle - Hungarian Partridge feather - the biggest ones you can find.
Head - Tying threadTying Instructions:
The detailed tying instructions can be found in Skip Morris's book ("Morris on Tying Flies"/ISBN 1-57188-378-9/Pages 98 thru 101) or in his article in "Fly Tyer" magazine (Spring 2002).
The materials called out above are slightly different than Skip uses (Skip's pattern uses grizzle hen-neck hackle for the tail and hackle on this fly. I just like the look of the partridge on my variation of his fly.)
I have had outstanding luck with this fly. When all else fails I give this pattern a try and it has usually come through for me... (Thanks Skip!)Presentation Tips:
I recommend using an open loop knot (such as a Duncan Knot) to attach the fly to your tippet. Using this type of not allows the fly to move around freely at the end of the line and gives a bit more movement than a clinch knot.