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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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Crappie Stinger

Okay, first let me say that you’ll probably want to turn your sound down when you visit this site. The sound of running water worked great at getting my bladder emptied. So, I debated sharing this pattern for that fact alone, but also because it’s clearly an intruder pattern being called a “stinger”. Meh! Let’s just call it a Crappie Intruder. The fly is well presented and the range of colors presented is really great. I’m planning on fishing some crappie this year, so I’ll tie a few to see how well they like it.

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