Fl. Pink Fox Shrimp
Gamakatsu F314 #4
TSD Supreme Fox Hair Magenta
Hareline Ice Dub Fl. Hot Pink
Whiting Coq De Leon White Dyed Pink
Easy Shrimp Eyes Black
Easy Shrimp Legs 2.0 Super Fl. Transparent
Flydressing Krystal Flash Pearl
Flydressing Mallard Natural
Textreme 8/0 White
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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.
This is a bright fly that Hans says works well for spring fishing on waters such as the bighorn. It’s a pretty simple pattern to tie, and because of the color, I would be putting a few into my Grayling arsenal as well. Hans ties it up with pink, tan, or gray body using Sow Scud dubbing, a hot bead and a sturdy scud hook like the Mustad C49S.
Hook: Curved shank scud
Bead: Hot orange brass / tungsten
Thread: Hot pink
Dubbing: Pink Sow Scud dubbing
Hackle: Dun hen feather