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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

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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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Coastal Blue – Jay Nicholas – Spey Iron Steelhead Fly Series

Caddis Fly Shop is now putting together a series of steelhead flies and this is one of the first in the series and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it. The fly is pretty standard, but Jay does create a custom dubbing blend for the body of this fly using STS and a touch of Ice dub. Purple STS, Black STS, steely Blue STS and silver ice dub is what I think he used here. The STS is a nice budding, but I find it a bit bright for most applications and I like to blend it with natural hairs like fox tail under fur, seal or polar bear under fur. I’m always in favor of using Coq de Leon feathers, the speckling of the feathers add a natural look to the fly.

Hook: Alec Jackson #3 Heavy Spey
Thread: Lagartun 95D
Tail: Blue fox and pearl crystal flash
Rib: Oval gold small
Body: Purple custom dub (STS blend)
Hackle: Coq de Leon saddle
Wing: White fox with pearl crystal flash
Head: Black

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