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Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller tied by Bob Reece

This small caddis nymph pattern was developed by Shea Gunkel and tied in the video by Bob Reece. The Splatte Roller is pretty straight forward as far as the tying goes, but this tiny fly packs a lot of punch for fishing deeper pools on small water runs. You may run into a bit of difficulty when applying the top coat of epoxy to the fly. Just be sure to go slow and try not to get it into the thorax dubbing and legs. If you are tying quite a few, you may want to tie the fly in stages and apply epoxy or UV resin to the abdomen first before tying in the legs and thorax. Either way, the epoxied fly is near bullet-proof and should last quite a number of fish. You can add a little bit of lead wire behind the bead if you find more weight is needed.

Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern recipe

Hook: Umpqua JB01 #12-18
Bead: Black Tungsten
Thread: 70 denier (8/0) chartreuse (abdomen) black (thorax)
Ribbing: Black small wire (UTC)
Legs: 24 strands Wapsi Fluoro Fiber
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dubbing
Topcoat: Epoxy

Sources

Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern
Instagram: thin_air_angler
Website: thinairangler.com

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Reece’s Masked Bandit tied by Bob Reece

I ran across Reece’s Masked Bandit streamer, thinairangler.com and Bob Reece’s other fly patterns via an article on fly tying efficiency posted on Gink & Gasoline. Bob, a commercial fly tyer and guide has some great looking patterns and also produces fly pattern kits for for a number of his signature fly patterns. The kits are well packaged and include the materials need to tie 3 flies. It is a good way to get a pattern without needing to spend a bundle on the needed materials.

The Reece’s Masked Bandit uses a new Hardline product called Ripple Ice Flash, a fiber that combines flash and kink. The material is versatile and has a number of useful applications and a wide range of colours to choose from. The fly is tied on a short shank Gamakatsu Octopus hook, so much of the material extends out past the hook. This makes it a good candidate for aggressive striking fish. I might want to also try out this pattern tied on a short 25mm shank with a trailer hook in case you find the fly is getting short strikes.

Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern recipe

Hook: Gamakatsu octopus #4
Thread: 6/0 matched to zonker
Flash: Ripple Ice Fiber (Hareline)
Tail: Pine squirrel zonker
Collar: Pine squirrel zonker
Head: Flymen Fish Mask w/ Living Eyes – Earth

Sources

Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern
Instagram: thin_air_angler
Website: thinairangler.com

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