Tying big steelhead flies can be quite a satisfying experience if you normally tie a lot of smaller flies. After a couple hours work, there is a nice satisfying pile to admire. Martin shows us his Lady Gaga stinger pattern in this video, a fly that can surely fill space in a short time with the big fox hair wing. Martin uses a 25mm Waddington shank, but I personally prefer the Senyo style shanks. I make sure to also double back the wire to keep it secure, and Martyn’s technique ensures the wire won’t pull out on a big fish or snag.
You’ll want to make sure you have a brush on hand to take out some of the fox hair underfur, otherwise you’ll end up with an unruly head, and one that is at risk of slipping out. I use a piece of velcro glues on a popsicle stick, or an old toothbrush with the bristles cut low. You can save the underfur to make your own dubbing and blends. Remember, you will be tying 3 stacks of fox, and flash in a small area, so the less underfur, the better. It will also help shed water easier and allow the fly to move more fluidly in the water. I really like Martyn’s tying and the fact that he strives to make the fly more than adequately durable.
Lady Gaga Fly Pattern Recipe
Shank: Waddington shank or intruder shank rigged with a loop of intruder wire or fireline
Thread: Black 6/0
Butt: Hot pink ice dubbing
Tail: Hot pink floss
Ribbing: Copper wire
Body: Gold flat braid then blue spectra flash dubbing (heavy)
Hackle: Hot pink schlappen
Wing: Pink flash, pink Arctic fox, kingfisher blue fox, turquoise flashabou, copper (fiery brown) flashabou
Collar: Blue Guinea fowl
Top Wing: Black fox hair
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Martyn White’s Youtube page and check out his blog at FlickingFeathers.
I’ve been tying up a ton of Squidro Intruders over the past few months. I found a huge cache of silicone bass skirt material and have been happily whittling it down. The video is a little long, but is full of great technique for tying dubbing loops and rubber. I’ve been using a heavy wire shank, but a Waddington or Senyo shank works perfectly too. For the shirts, I find using the type with both ends fused work the best for keeping things under control and being able to tie in the legs all at once. It helps speed up the tying. With the huge range of silicone skirts available, there are endless possibilities for the pattern. Scott ties this using a loop on the back to guide the leader (old school), but you can also tie the streamer using a loop of wire and trailer hook.
Black and Blue Squidro
Shank: Waddington, Senyo or other shank 1 3/4″ (45mm)
Thread: 6/0 White / Black
Tag: Silver Mylar tinsel
Leader Guide: 20b mono
Butt: Kingfisher Blue dubbing (looped)
Rear Collar: Silicone skirt legs then Kingfisher Blue dubbing (looped)
Body: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Front Collar: Black dubbing then black finn raccoon(looped) and Silicone skirt legs (tied forward) then black marabou palmered
Weight: Dumbbell eyes 4.5 – 5.5 mm
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Scott Howell’s Youtube page.
By now, you have a good idea how to tie this up. Just check back in the archives for several great examples. this is just pure flash, and fly sexy. This gives you an idea just how important it is to build the foundation of the fly so that the materials do not collapse once they hit water. Nice touch with the big jungle cock nails on the back section, they make a nice rudder.