Thursday, May 29, 2014

Featured Fly - Firecracker Split Back

Here is a great variation of an awesome fly that I have used all over the US. After hearing about it multiple times, I decided to tie a few, and I have not been disappointed yet. This variation has been working well for me so far this season, so I figured it would be a good idea to share it with everyone!

Hook: TMC C200BL 12-16
 Bead: Tungsten Bomb Bead - sz to Match Hook 
Rib 1: Mirage Tinsel - Sm
Rib 2: Ultra Wire - Sm
Body: Pheasant Tail - Yellow, Natural, Orange 
Splitback: Goose Biot - Yellow, Orange
Shellback: Holo Tinsel - Black - Lrg.
Thorax: SLF - Nymph Thorax
Collar: SLF - Nymph Thorax

Step 1: Slide the bead onto the hook.


Step 2: Tie in the Wire and Tinsel behind the hook eye.

Step 3: Tie in the wire and tinsel as you make a thread base.

Step 4: Tie in the pheasant tail, make one tight securing wrap over the PT. Then wrap the thread forward, to right in front of the hook point.

Step 5: Wrap the pheasant tail forward.

Step 6: Wrap the tinsel forward, making the first under rib.

Step 7: Wrap the wire forward, securing the tinsel.

Step 8: Tie in the Biot.

Step 9: Tie in the holo tinsel

Step 10: Dub the thorax

Step 11: Pull the holo tinsel forward, this will be the shell back.

Step 12: Pull the Biot forward, this will give the look of a splitting wing case.

Step 13: Make a small collar of dubbing.

Step 14: Whip finish and cut off!

Finished Fly:

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