“This is a custom shank I designed to increase the tie-able shank length for large weedless baitfish patterns designed for Keel/Texas style hooks. The shank makes tying easier and give you the ability to build bulk and taper over a larger area without crowding and over-bulking the hook eye, and it simply increases your freedom when tying on this style of hook. The shank is inspired by Bill Sherer of We Tie it Fly Shop and below you can find a link to his shank bending YouTube video, which is far more informational than my demo.”
Shank Wire: Malin, Single Strand Stainless Steel Hard Wire, 180 lb 0.029″
Round Nose Pliers/Jewelers Pliers
Hook: Ahrex 5/0 Texas Hook
Tail: FlymenFishingCo Faux Bucktail
Flashblend: Hedron Inc. Magnum Flashabou – 3x White/Silver/Gold/Opal/Chartreuse – all are non
Wing: SF Blend – Peacock and White
Cheeks: Hareline’s Ripple Ice Fiber – Fl. Yellow
Head: Laser Dub – Olive, Grey
Head: Tear Mender, and Deer Creek UV Diamond Fine Flex
Eyes: Hedron Inc. Mirage Dome Eyes, 10mm or 3/8″ dia.
Andy Saunders is from England and loves fishing for grayling and trout. Andy has a great YouTube channel called AP Fly Tying. I’ve posted several of his videos here. He is also a member of the Deer Creek Pro Team and has been tying flies since he was 10 years old. So check out some of Andy’s latest flies below.
Small Quill Emerger with just a hint of colour in the thorax…. Will work on stilwaters and rivers..
Hook – Partridge Straight Eye Grub
Body – Natural Quill coated in Deer Creek Resin
Thorax – custom blended dubbing
3 x CDC Feathers
This is a pretty Small Olive which has worked well when little olives and such are hatching from the rivers. Always a good pattern to have in your box. The body is very sparse to keep a nice slim tapered profile.
Hook – Partridge SLD2 #18
Tail – Coq De Leon
Body – Sparse Olive Dubbing
Post – Veniard White CDC
So this pattern isn’t new by any means but for me it was brought into the so called spot light for my river fishing by seeing how effective it was in Norway last year. Ever since then its been a staple in my box and will be for the foreseeable future.
Hook – #18 Partridge SLD2
Tail – Coq de leon
Body – Natural Polish Quill
Thorax – Wapsi Super FIne Dubbing
Wing -Veniard CDC
Body coated in Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin
Sippers… The body is wrapped with body Quill to make them look Juicy in the surface film..
Hook – Partridge Straight eye Grub 16
Body – Olive thread covered with Olive Body Quill
Thorax – Glister Dubbing
3 x CDC Feathers