How to tie: Bead BellyFlies, Deer Hair Extended Body Hopper, Scudly Doright. 76 min.
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Dave Schmezer is retired, 65 years young and has been tying flies for well over a decade. He and wife Sarah (the six kids are out of the nest) live in the Laurels Highlands of western Pennsylvania on 37 acres near Latrobe. When not trying to keep up with children spread all around the US, or tending to chores on the “Ranch on the Ridge” or logging wood for winter heat, Dave is a full-time tyer and fly designer. He teaches fly tying at home and several fly shops and is regularly found in the “Tyers Aisle” at most of the Eastern Fly Fishing shows. Dave Schmezer is known for his unique flies and different outlook on tying, techniques and teaching tying.
The "Bead Belly "concept, it's basic design, versatility and adaptability to various game fish species or baitfish imitations, the materials and tying tips are all outlined in detail in this fly. The well crafted fly will make it more durable and are in part responsible for the way the fly performs in the water.
Short Shank Hook with straight eye
Beads that are counter-drilled as opposed to those that are counter-sunk
Gel (extra thick) type cyanoacrylate glue
Hooks: Tiemco 105, 2488, or 2488H for Steelhead. Lightning Strike EG-1 Sizes 8-12
Mustad Signature Series C68S SS Tarpon Sizes 6 to 2/0, Mustad C70S SS in size 2-4 for Sand Eel
Thread: Roman Moser power silk 10/0 for sizes 2-12, 1/0, 5/0, or Gudebrod GX2 for sizes 1-2/0
Tag/Tail: Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn, red
Beads: Spirit River brite beads, from 1/8” to 1/4”
Underwing: Spooled or carded antron for sizes 8-12, Hi-Vis for sizes 2-6
Flash: Anglers Choice angel hair, colored to suit the fly. For example, on the Emerald Shiner, Pearl Green is used.
Wing Material: Craft fur on a cloth backing, for sizes 2-12, Hank type for sizes 1-2/0, PolarFibre for sizes 8-12, Extra Select craft fur or Rainy’s craft fur for sizes 2-6, SF Flash Blend for sizes 1-2/0
DEER HAIR EXTENDED BODY HOPPER
Some have called the Hoppers "Bullet-Proof”. Here’s a pattern that will give you an understanding of the unique techniques used to tie them and be excited enough to try.
Hook: Tiemco 200R or similar, size 16 to 6
Thread: Gudebrod 3/0 or UTC 140 for larger flies, #12, 10, 8 & 6, Danville 3/0 or Gudebrod 6/0 for smaller flies, #14 & 16
On the larger versions I find it best to use Gudebrod Gx2 to secure the Abdomen to the hook shank and tie in the head material.
Abdomen: Deer Hair, color to suit. Initially tied on a needle.
Tag: Hopper only, Aunt Lydia’s rug or sparkle yarn, red
Wing: Ring neck pheasant “church window” feather. On the chartreuse version, use a Grizzly hackle dyed chartreuse. Wing feathers are prepared with Softex or Flex-cement prior to tying in.
Thorax: Uni-Yarn, color to suit.
Head: Deer Hair tied bullet style, color to suit.
Legs: Sili-Legs, barred, color to suit.
Seems to be a recurring theme, but it is different, it is new and unique!
This is an adaptable pattern that looks good and is simpler to tie than it appears and simpler than many standard Scud patterns. Utilizing new materials and different tying techniques enjoy and even expand on. This pattern has been used with very good success on many streams across the country.
Hook: Tiemco 2457, Dai-Riki #135 scud hook or similar.
Thread/Body: Gudebrod 3/0 or 6/0 or Danville 210 and 3/0, or UTC 140 and 70. Thread size and color used is varied according to the size fly and desired color.
Weight: Lead wire.
Antennae/Tail: Spooled antron yarn, color to match the fly.
Legs: Tying thread, preferably tied in 8 pairs.
Body coating: Loon UV Knot Sense and cured using a UV light.