The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a fly that can be tied either on a standard hook or on a leashed shank fly. In this case, the fly was tied with a clipped shank and a wire leash. The pattern is essentially an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a cool blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, I think it would also be a great fly to target pike, bass and tarpon.
If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
Egg Sucking Ice Tiger
Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen
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I’ve been seeing a huge increase in the amount of jointed or articulated flies over the past months. Kelly Galluop has an impressive collection including the Sex Dungeon and other titillatingly named hooks. This video is produced by Richard Strolis who you may remember from the Dirt Dart. This fly takes a while to tie, but the result is a chunky, meaty fly ready for big browns, bull trout, pike and bass.
An articulated version of the classic pattern which takes two hooks, a wire articulation point and create an even more movement producing pattern that turns trout inside out. Using the concept of a jointed bait pattern known oh so well by the bait casting community, this fly has it all. Alter the colors and hook sizes to make a slew of fish catching flies that will entice some of the bigger aggressive trout in your waters.
The video is a bit long, but is well worth the time to watch. Get out there and start creating your own articulated creations.