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Old 05-05-2010, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Started making these for river fishing in the mid 90's; was trying to imitate small alewives and herring as these fish ascend our Kennebec to spawn and the babies are gobbled up by gamefish like crazy.



The "craft cord" is available at walmart and it's sorta flat on two sides... cheap & many colors so use your imagination, easy to tie. Can be coated with epoxy, or softex. The craft cord is mixed colors, silver/white, pink/silver blue/silver etc so it makes the body have a scale-like appearence. epoxy sinks faster than softex, wet hair and pull away from body when applying and get a little under the hide... any stray hairs will disappear.



Lay down a good base of white or clear thread on straight shank hook; I like stainless mustads 34011 (longer shank).



Slip cord over eye toward rear and push hook eye through cord about 1/4 BEFORE cord reaches bend; bind at rear very tightly and knot, then advance thread LOOSELY to eye then bind tight to shank. Bind cord behind eye 3/16th inch (to leave room for more "turns of cord"; there will be 4 layers to make the body.



Turn cord to rear and LIGHTLY WRAP WITH THREAD to form body; tightly bind at rear and fold cord toward eye of hook, tightly bind at front.



Body is now taking shape, one last turn to rear, again thread tension along body will crerate shape so if you want you can "taper" body toward the bend.



With thread at rear tie knot (so you don't loose your work) and secure bunny strip, make tail at least one in long beyond hook. Advance thread toward eye making final "adjustments" with tension to shape the body and secure bunny behind hook eye.



These work so well in rivers on a variety of fish when cast across stream and occasional short strips. Keep rod low to water aimed at line & fly and strike any time you "feel" the slightest pause. Most gamefish suck these up from behind and the "take" is actually very subtle though every now and again you will enjoy the vicious strike. I usually sweep sideway and upriver to set hook.



Here is "sequence of tying" as best as I can provide; hope you try them.





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Cool! What size hooks do you use? What colors do you find work the best?
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thats a good lookin fly corbo, thanks. i still don't fish streamers too much as i'm more rigged for dry/dropper but i have a new 4 wt on order for that. i may have to convert my 5wt to a better streamer setup and give those a whirl
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Size 2 long shank bronze or larger or smaller and sometimes on stainless up to 2/0.



You can also stretch tube mylar over the body before applying the eyes.



Somewhere in the archives are pics of my stim-u-dent flies.
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Cool lookin fly looks like some punk rock flys with a mohawk
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if you are looking for orange rabbit zonker strips i saw some in 3 rivers angler thursday
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