José “Pepefly” Borzi has an interesting take on the Intruder here with an all orange design. Most interesting, to me at least, is the use of a whole rhea feather for the hackle. It will really give the fly some interesting movement in the water, but I do see a couple problems using the feather this way. For one, the feathers are on the expensive side, so to ensure the fly remains durable, I would reinforce the hackled rhea with a reverse wrapped wire. Secondly, when the fly gets wet, the rhea will collapse somewhat onto itself. To remedy that, I think a thick dubbed body might help the rhea stand out more, after all, the whole point of the style is to create the illusion of a big fly with as little material as possible. Perhaps the different target species may play a roll in the fly construction as well. Even with that said, I do like the fly and love seeing the flies from South America.
This isn’t exactly a tutorial, but it does quick work of a fly which take quite a while to tie. It’s a beautiful black and blue intruder, loosely based around a Ward’s Intruder style fly. I really love the photography of the video and the included shots of the fly swimming.
Egg Sucking Intruder – Black & Blue from Dimitri Gammer on Vimeo.
Shank: 45mm Waddington shank
Trailer Material: Rio Knottable Wire 30#
Hook: Gamakatsu Octopus Size 2
Thread: Black UTC 140
Rear Underwing: Blue Arctic Fox
Rear Wing: Blue Amherst
Body: Silver Braid
Rib: Gold Wire
Front Underwing #1: Black Elk Hair
Front Underwing #2: Blue Arctic Fox
Wing #1: Black Ostrich
Wing #2: Blue Amherst
Wing #3: Saddle Hackle Tips
Head: Pink cactus chenille
Eyes: Bead Chain
This is a killer looking intruder style fly done up in showgirl pink and purple colors. Swap out the colors to suit your needs, but I love the showgirl colors for the winter runs. The ostrich herl dubbing loop is a nice touch and should swim quite well in the current.