The Fish Taco is a simple fly to tie and provides a ton of action in the current. The fly is unweighted and can be fished at depth by using split-shot or weighted heads. The fly has a ton of action with the long ostrich tendrils and offers a glint of flash with just a little Flashabou. There is also a version of the Fish Taco called the Flash taco tied with Flashabou rather than ostrich if you need a flashier fly.
The Fish Taco was designed by Jeff Hickman (Mr. Hankey) to have a ton of action and to be light.
DIY Laser Dubbing – https://youtu.be/paQSyTxRyTI
Shank and Leash – https://youtu.be/928yL1gK1RU
This fat meaty morsel of fly looks impressive, but not overly complex. Gunnar gives tyers a step by step tutorial on his Trout Nugget/Jerk Jr. hybrid pattern known as the Con Man. The Con Man is a dream for predator species such as pike and bass. The real magic in the fly comes from blending the colors in the dubbed head with the colorfast markers Gunnar uses.
Con Man fly pattern recipe
Rear Shank20mm Flymen Fish spine
Tail: 1/8th inch Rabbit Zonker – Olive Variant
Belly: Steve Farrar Flash Blend – Yellow, Herring Back
Hook: 1/0 Partridge Attitude Extra
Head: Laser Dub – Olive Monster Dub – Yellow
Color: Chartpack Markers – Black, Orange Red Sharpie
Eyes: 7mm Flymen Living Eyes
Season 2 Episode 2 of Fly Shop of the Bighorns video series is now online and features author and pro tyer Rich Strolis tying his Masked Avenger articulated streamer pattern. The Masked Avenger is tied in 3 sections giving the pattern two points of articulation and the potential for an insane amount of movement in the water. The video isn’t typical of the how to videos you might be used to seeing, but if you have some intermediate knowledge of fly tying, it should be easy to follow, but there ae a couple spots, like the reverse tied arctic fox collar(s) that might trip you up. Practice the fly a few times and you’ll be a pro in no time.
If you haven’t already checked out Rich’s new book, Catching Shadows, I highly recomed doing so and discovering 20 killer patterns for the rivers this season.
Front hook: Gamakatsu B10s size 1 or Partridge Attitude Extra size 2/0
Collar: Palmered Marabou
Body: Mirror Wrap
Throat: EP 1.5″ foxy brush color red
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox tail
Front Collar: EP 3″ Foxy Brush Color Black
Top: Speckled Flashabou
Head: Fish Skull Fish Mask size 6
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes size 6