Middle Hook: any long shank, straight eye streamer hook (will be cut at the bend)
Front Hook: 2/0 streamer hook
Tail: hackle feathers, marabou
Body: estaz, UV polar chenille, schlappen, rubber legs
Head: craft fur dubbing brush
Eyes: lead eyes
Connection: 20# maxima and 6mm bead
I usually tie this fly in the 7″ range. It can certainly be tied shorter, or longer, if need be. It can also be tied in a variety of color combinations. It has a nice slinky action with a nose dive at the end. I also tie it without lead eyes for a little different action. While it is a larger fly, it is an easy tie. You are essentially tying the same streamer on three hooks.
Tie in a clump of marabou around the hackle feathers, leaving 1″-2″ of hackle feather tips exposed.
Tie in estaz, UV polar chenille, and a schlappen feather by the tip.
For the connection, I like to use a stiff mono like Maxima. I prefer a stiff connection to prevent fouling. I use the tension of the loop around the eye of the hook to get the movement I’m looking for. I also believe mono is less likely to slip compared to wire. Again, use whichever you prefer.
I use a dubbing loop to create the craft fur brush because I’m lazy. To be more proactive, use the God Father of craft fur heads, Nick Granato’s method of creating craft fur dubbing brushes.
Cut approximately 2.5″ sections of craft fur. I like to pull out some of the fluff before putting it in the loop, but you can also brush it out later. Apply dubbing wax to the loop before inserting the craft fur clumps. Space it out evenly. It doesn’t have to be pretty.
Spin the loop and lightly pull out some of the fluff with your fingers.
Wrap the brush forward toward the eye of the hook. Leave yourself enough space to tie off the thread.
Trim the head to the desired shape. I used a flat, wide sculpin shaped head on this fly.
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Some other color combinations.