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Tying Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco Steelhead Fly

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

Fish Taco fly pattern recipe

Shank: 30mm
Leash: 20lb braided wire
Thread: Fl. pink 6/0 (70d)
Butt: Fl. pink Senyo Laser Dubb
Rib: Medium gold oval tinsel
Body: Black Senyo Laser Dubb
Hackle: Grizzly hackle dyed pink
Collar: Ostrich herl (pink / black)
Collar: Guinea fowl
Collar: Light pink Flashabou

The Fish Taco Steelhead Fly
The Fish Taco Steelhead Fly

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Scagit Master 3

I’ve been a fan of the Scagit Master franchise since I viewed the first clip and have been enjoying the great scenery and precision casting, but mostly I’m in it for the big beastly looking flies. Not to be disappointed in the latest offering, there seems to be no shortage of fly glory and as demonstrated in the preview. I’m looking forward to the progression of the series and the flies.

Skagit Master 3 presents modern concepts in steelhead fly design. No single steelhead pattern is a silver bullet. Confidence in the fly you choose plays a major role in a fly’s success. But thinking beyond what you learned in the “how to” books of the past often results in some cool fly concepts. Skagit Master 3 presents a few modern patterns and the steelheaders who tie them: Hannah Belford, Tom Larimer, Eric Neufeld, Jeff Hickman, Ed Hepp and of course Scott Howell, Ed Ward and Jerry French.

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