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Helgrammite

 
tied by luvinbluegills
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: Steelhead, Freshwater Bass, Panfish, Shad, Striped Bass, Trout,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Material List:
Hook - #4 8xl (or other longshanked hook) weighted
Thread - 6/0 dark Brown
Body/Abdomen - Fox tail underfur dubbing
Tail - Brown or Black Goose biots
Outer Ribbing - 2# monofilament
Inner Ribbing - Black Ostrich Herl
Legs - Brown micr-chenille
Eyes - Mono
Back - ThinSkin

Tying Instructions: 1. Weight the hook with wraps around where the abdomen will be.
2. Make a ball of dubbing just ahead of the bend of the hook.
3. Tie in Biots to form "tails", one one each side of the dubbing ball, being careful not to tie them too far back or forward. Wrap them just until they stick straight out from the abdomen. [This is NOT a necessity for catchign fish, it just gives a better finished appearance to the tyer!)
4. Cut a 5 inch length of 2# monofilament and tie in sticking out fromthe rear of the hook.
5. Tie in your piece of Thin Skin which has been cut to appropriate width and length. Tie in at the last wraps which secure the biots and let it stick out back.
6. Tie in your Ostrich herl just ahead of the Thin Skin.
7. Thickly dub the abdomen to 1/4 behind the eye of the hook, let your thread hang there.
8. Wrap the Ostrich herl to the thread, forming small body segments and tie off, clipping any excess.
9. Lay the Thin Skin over the top of the fly and wrap with the mono to the end of the herl, carefully laying the mono just behind or in front of the herl, but not crushing it down on the exposed bottom of the fly. Secure at the thread and tie off the mono, but do not cut it.
10. LIGHTLY dub the abdomen. This will give you the stable base on which you will
11. lay your micro-chenille, securing it with a wrap or three of thread so that it crosses over the fly. Do this with 3 pieces of a reasonable "leg length".
12. Take your thread back to the rear of the legs and carefully dub from there, between each set of legs, stopping just in front of them, which should bring you right to the place where your head will be formed. Dub thick enough to match the abdomen.
13. Lay the Thin Skin down over the fly and wrap the mono forward over it, going carefully betweenthe legs, making just 3 segments which are larger than the abdominal segments.
14. Make the last turn of mono at the "neck". Tie off and cut the mono.
15. Lay your eyes in place and tie in with a couple of tight "X" wraps, then after dubbing more fox onto your thread, continue the "X" wraps and finish the head.
16. Pull the last piece of Thin Skin o=between the eyes and tie off at the front. OR
16a. It may be easier to pull it forward between the eyes, tie it in fron, but then pull it back to the back of the head and tie off there to finish. It will depend on how close your eyes are to the eye which of these will work best for you. I find the second way easier 'cause I don't have to deal with the hook eye.
17. Trim the Thin Skin at the head to fit well and finish with cement or whatever your favorite way of finishing the fly is.
Presentation Tips: Helgrammites are large clumsy bugs. Put it on the bottom and work it slow, maybe with the occasional twitch. Run it through the most likely fish holding spots and you WILL find out if a fish is there. The colors of Helgrammites vary from area to area, but light Brown to Black should take you almost anywhere.



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