Rattle Snake Rattle Snake

Tiemco 2457 and 105 #8
Gudebrod GX2
Silver and Gold Bead Chain
Zonker Strip
Pearl Mylar
Red Crystal Flash
Brown Deer Body Hair

Developed by Michigans own Ray Schmidt for the Manistee river. This is a great pattern to try if you've been frustrated by short strikes.

Step By Step:
Place the TMC 2457 in the vise upside down near the bend.
Thread a piece of heavy mono (20# Maxima works well) through the eye, around the shank, and back through the eye.
Thread 4-6 beads cut from bead chain onto the mono. Alternate colors as you go.
Now remove the 2457 from the vise and set it aside. Place the TMC 105 in the vise in the normal fashion.
Attach your tying thread to the shank and lay down a light thread base. Begin binding down the mono on the front hook on top of the shank, making sure the rear hook is facing point up.
Make sure to bind down the mono over the entire length of the hook shank. Trim the tag ends and coat your thread wraps with zap-a-gap. NOTE: a more secure but time consuming connection can be made by snelling the rear hook, and having the standing end pass through the rear hook eye. Trim the tag end of the snell knot. Now place your beads on the mono and attach the mono to the top of the hook shank. Pass the mono through the eye of the front hook, fold over, and attach to the bottom of the shank. Now trim the excess and glue.
Tie in a zonker strip at the rear and on top of the hook. The hide on the strip should be just short of the rear hook point to prevent fowling.
Tie in a few strands of pearl mylar on top of the shank. The best way to tie it in is using the "doubling" method. Cut 2 pieces twice as long as you want them. Now lift the thread above the hook, and fold the mylar in half around the thread. Take a wrap around the shank while allowing the mylar to slip down the thread to the top of the shank. Now take 2-3 wraps back over the mylar to secure it in place.
Tie in a few strands of red Crystal Flash using the same method as above.
Stack a medium bunch of deer body hair and spin it onto the hook with the tips facing rearwards. To spin the hair, hold the clump on top of the hook shank and take 2 loose wraps around it. Now gradually pull the wraps tight while slowly releasing your grip on the hair clump. The tightening thread should pull the hair around the shank. Take a few more tight wraps over the tie in point to lock in the hair, and then push the hair back and make several wraps in front of the clump. If it doesn't turn out quite right stick with it! Spinning hair takes a bit of practice to get the hang of, but it's a lot easier than it looks.
Spin on one more bunch of deer hair to fill the remaining hook shank. Whip finish. Your fly should now look like a crazy puff of hair.
Use a sharp razor blade to trim the hair into a tiny "pin head" like the one in the photo. Make sure to leave a few long tips facing rearwards for the collar.

Additional Tips/Photos:
  • You can tie this pattern in a variety of colors, but brown, olive, and yellow seem to be the most productive.
  • Use a sharp double edge razor for all trimming work; watch your fingers or break off the opposite side and make it a "single edge".
  • You can also use tungsten or brass beads for a weighted fly, or use plastic craft beads for a more translucent look.
  • Feel free to leave off the rear hook completely. If you still want the beads, just tie a double overhand knot in a piece of mono, slide the beads on and continue.
Tied By: Erik Rambo.