It’s time to pull out your skills as a leet tyer and put your best hook forward. The latest contest over at FFC has just launched. Entry is limited to 20 tyers this round, let’s push to fill this one. It’s open to anyone with thread and a vise, so give it a shot. I’m thinking about tying a new fly for this contest. If I win, I’ll use it as my new blog header fly, so vote for me (pacres) when the polls open. 🙂
Just some basics here. A quick video on how to set up an HMH tube vise.
Here is a fly I have used with some great results in the Great Lakes tribs. It’s relatively simple, but I should mention that it does deviate from the original Orvis pattern. Lets just say I’m not about to start braiding a fly I’m likely to lose in under 10 minutes. I’ve been known to hook up with plenty of tree fish.
That being said, I liked the look of the pattern and decided to make a few of my own mods to it. I changed the woven body to a straight black floss body and added a holographic rib. I also took out the shell back off the head. Basically it is now an egg pattern, and I tie it in 7 different colors. Blue, Orange, Red, Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Purple and a Glow Pink.
I did up a up a step by step tutorial on
Flyangler.ca a while back if you are interested in tying up a few. It’s more or less my go-to egg pattern for the winter Steelhead. Here is the recipe.
Steelhead Hammer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49S or other Scud Hook
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Purple Schlappen
Ribbing: Silver Holographic Mylar Tinsel 1/64
Body: Black Super-Stretch Floss
Thorax: Purple Crystal Chenille
Head: Fire Orange Thread
**UPDATE** – the step by step has been moved to the Daily Fly Tyer