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Lady Gaga Steelhead Fly tied by Martyn White

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
Head: Black

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Martyn White’s Youtube page and check out his blog at FlickingFeathers.

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Marty Howard Tutorials

I just recieved an email from HMH with a great cache of patterns and tutorials done by pro-staffer Marty Howard. There are 55 tutorials available, enough to keep you busy for some time, filling up your steelhead and salmon fly boxes.

My apologies for the long absence. I’ve had some medical issues lately and decided to take a break from posting while I was recovering. Lots of great stuff in the can though.

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Blue Spey SBS – Dai Jones

Here is a sweet blue themed spey with a nice step-by-step tutorial showing how to create a nice smooth underbody. also check out the Dai Jones Flies Blog for a nice large assortment of flies and tubes with some great photos.

Via Hatches Magazine

Blue Spey - Dai Jones
Blue Spey - Dai Jones

Hook: Alec Jackson size 3 silver
Thread: White 140 denier thread, Red 70 denier thread
Rib: Silver Oval tinsel
Butt: Blue floss
Rear body: Holographic tinsel
Dubbing: Blue
Hackle (rear): Blue schlappen or saddle
Hackle (front): Dyed purple guinea
Wing: Blue swan shoulder
Cheeks: Yellow jungle cock

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