Saturday, August 16, 2014

Featured Fly - Taramite Hellgrammite

 It's bass season and it seems that yet again my one of my go to patterns is a Hellgrammite. I was shown this awesome Crittermite tails at Somerset last year, and finally got around to getting them in the shop. This is a fly that I came up with using the new Crittermite tails, took it out this morning and the bass loved it. This is an awesome pattern that looks just as great in the water as it does sitting on your fly tying desk.

Hook: TMC 5262 sz. 4-8
Thread: UNI Thread 6/0 - Black or Brown 
Tail: Crittermite Tails - Black or Brown 
Body: EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush 0.5" - Color Varies 
Eyes: Lead Eyes sz. X-small - Med. - Black 
Legs: Spanflex sz. Med - Black or Brown 

Step 1: Slip the crittermite skin over the hook point.

Step 2: Tie on the led eyes, leaving enough space to tie in rubber legs in front of them.

Step 3: Tie in the Tarantula leg brush. Wrap the thread forward.

Step 4: Wrap the brush forward, stop about 3/4 of the way to the lead eyes. 

Step 5: Tie in rubber legs on each side. 

Step 6: Wrap the brush between the legs and in front of them.

Step 7: Invert the hook and wrap the brush over the eyes and in front of them.

Step 8: Tie in the legs or "pinchers" on the bottom of the hook.

Step 9:  Bring the skin forward, tie it in by the little tag.

Step 10: Cut off the tag.

Step 11:  Whip finish and cut off.

Step 12: Wrap thread behind the lead eyes, this will form the head of the fly.

Step 13: Whip finish and cut off.

Finished Fly:

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