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HOOK:
THREAD:
TIP:
TAG:
TAIL:
BUTT:
BODY:
RIB:
THROAT:
WING:
HEAD:
Single Salmon #8
Red
Fine Silver Oval Tinsel
Yellow Floss
GP Crest
Fiery Red
Peacock Herl
Gold Oval Tinsel
Black Hen Hackle
Black Bear
Red

OK, so we really don't know this patterns name. Leon Hanson came across this fly while fishing Atlantics in Newfoundlands Gander River and found it to be the hot local pattern. He reports it's just as successful for great lakes salmon. We've checked all the standard texts and come up empty, so if you know the name please drop us a note.

Step By Step:
Place your hook in the vice and attach thread just behind the return eye. I'm using flat waxed Uni-thread, which will help keep the thread base nice and flat. Tie in your tinsel for the tag and wrap back to a point just over the point of the barb.
Take 3-4 tight turns of tinsel towards the eye and tie off.
Move your tying thread just over the tip of the point and tie in the yellow floss on the far side of the shank.
Wrap to the tag and back to the tie in point. Tie off on the near side of the shank but don't trim the butt ends.
Now select a golden pheasant crest for the tail and tie in on top of the shank. The one pictured is slightly to long and flat, but hey, fishing flies don't have to be perfect.
Now move your thread forward and repeat step 4 to create a red section the same size as the yellow.
Tie in the oval ribbing tinsel on the underside of the shank. Wrap thread forward, binding down and trimming the tags as you go. It's not crucial to get a perfectly smooth underbody, as the herl is quite forgiving.
Tie off the white thread and switch to red to finish the fly. Wrap back to the start of the red joint.
Tie in 5-6 peacock herls facing forward and by the tips.
Now lift your bobbin directly above the fly and wrap the bunch of herl around the tying thread several times. This will strengthen the herl significantly and create a more durable fly. Wrap the herl forward, tie off and trim. Make sure to leave enough room behind the eye for the wing, throat and head.
Take 5 even turns of the ribbing tinsel and tie off.
Cut a small clump of black bear hair and even up the tips by hand. Measure out the wing so that it extends just beyond the tag and just inside the tail. Tie in the wing with firm flat wraps. Black bear is very coarse, so it's a good idea to add a drop of penetrating head cement to the butts prior to tying in to help keep the wing from falling apart.
Prepair an appropriatly sized black hen hackle as shown by stroking the fibers back gently and then trimming off some fibers at the tip.
Tie in the hackle by the tip with the good side facing out. Fold the hackle and take 2-3 turns. Tie off and trim the butts.
Pull most of the hackle fibers down below the shank and hold them in place while wraping back over the hackle stem slightly. This will trap the majority of the fibers under the hook as a throat but leave a few on top to blend with the wing.
Wrap a small neat head, tie off and lacquer.
Tied By: Brian Doelle.


Sneaky Pete




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