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Scott Howell Tying the Black and Blue Squidro Intruder

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.

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Hoh Bo Spey by Jason Osborn

i tie a ton of marabou steelhead flies, and I’ve recently started tying Hoh Bo’s in a few colors to match my Alaskabou colors. The Hoh Bo has a wound hackle under the marabou, and so gives it a bit more of a fuller shape in the current. I tie mine in Showgirl (pink and purple), Chum Candy (pink and blue), Nitro (black and chartreuse), Popsicle and a host of other colors. Use what ever colors you want on the fly and have fun with it.

Shank: Partridge Waddington shank or Fish Skull Senyo’s Articulated Shank
Thread: 6/0 Uni
Connection: 30lb fire wire or Senyo’s Standard Intruder Wire
Weight: Spirit river soft tungsten
Butt: UV Ice Dubb
Body: STS trilobal or dubbing of choice
Hackle: Jumbo guinea fowl
Collar: Marabou blood quill (2 colors)
Horns: Lady Amherst center tail slips
Flash: Flashabou
Hook: Octopus hook #2 or #4

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Tina Intruder Tube – José “Pepefly” Borzi

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.

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