Tying Jim’s Smelt Bucktail fly Pattern – Ep177 PF #PiscatorFlies

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Jim’s Smelt is a vibrant little bucktail that calls for 6 colors of hair plus some herl and flash to round out the wing. This captures the color spectrum of the smelt well and has contributed to the effectiveness of this baitfish fly pattern. The added gills or throat really make the fly pop. The pattern comes from Jim Bernstein of Cape Neddick, Maine.

There are a couple versions of the bucktail floating around including some which mix al the colors of bucktail to be tied in a single application. I should add that I omitted painting the underside of the head white. It’s a nice touch on smelt patterns. If you are in Cape Neddick, ME, stop by Eldridge Brother’s Fly Shop and you may be able to get one of these gems from Jim himself.

For eyes, you can paint them on as I did, or buy some flat stick-on eyes to be coated with head cement or UV. Small eyes work well for this application. You can also add a bit of UV resin to the gills to prevent the exposed threads from fraying.

Jim’s Smelt Bucktail Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad L87-3665A #2-10
Thread: Black 8/0 70d
Body: Silver flat tinsel

Gill: Hot red thread (FWN)
Wing: White, yellow, red, blue, lilac, and purple

bucktail topped with peacock herl
Lateral line: Pearl crystal flash
Eyes: Painted yellow/black

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Tying the Rusty Nail Chironomid Stillwater fly Pattern – #PiscatorFlies

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John Kent has a knack for chironomid fly patterns that catch big trout in still waters. While I was researching the fly pattern, I found the John ties this in a couple of different ways. He has a version with a white bead (no breathers) that we are tying in this video, and a copper bead version (with breathers)https://youtu.be/gCXqLuiqErE.

I used the olive UNI-Stretch here as that was the only color of the material I have on hand. This is fine provided you are tying a fly with a dark body. If you need to tie something with a paler body, go with white. I used a product from Fly Tyers Dungeon called Bug Legs for the ribbing. The color is Deep Spice, a dark red/claret shade. https://ift.tt/2rawgIq

Rusty Nail Fly Pattern Recipe (John Kent)
Hook: Mustad Signature C49s or similar #10-16
Bead: White brass or tung
Underbody: UNI-Stretch
Thread: Wine 8/0 70d
Rib: Micro tubing, Bug Legs(FTD), or Super stretch Floss
Body: Mirage tinsel
Overbody: Bonedry clear

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Tying the Rusty Nail Chironomid Var Stillwater fly Pattern – Ep176 PF #PiscatorFlies

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John Kent has a knack for chironomid fly patterns that catch big trout in still waters. While I was researching the fly pattern, I found the John ties this in a couple of different ways. He has a version with a white bead (no breathers) and a copper bead version (with breathers). He also ties the body in either tinsel wrapped first with the wire ribbing counter wrapped, or a stretch micro tubing ribbing wrapped first and the tinsel wound in between the ribs. All of these versions will work great and offer different amounts of the reflective surface.

One other thing I should note is John’s use of stretch floss as an underbody on the chironomid. It helps keep the body smooth and fills it out much quicker than using 70d thread to build the taper. John likes the Mirage Opal tinsel for the fly and it really glows with just a little bit of light, mimicking the trapped gas observed in accending midge pupae.

Rusty Nail Var. Fly Pattern Recipe (John Kent)
Hook: Firehole 315 or similar #10-16

Bead: Copper colored brass or tung
Thread: Wine 8/0 70d
Breathers: Midge Gill yarn
Rib: Wine wire (fine) 6-8 segments
Body: Mirage tinsel
Overbody: Bonedry clear

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