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Articulated Squirrel Leech

(from Trout Unlimited)

Articulated flies require a little more time to tie, but they absolutely come alive in the water and are well worth the extra effort.

· Thread: Black Uni-Thread Size 3/0

· Rear hook: Tiemco TMC 800S #2-8 or similar short shank, straight eye hook

· Front hook: Mustad 36890 #2-10 or similar 1X long 1X heavy, turned up eye hook

· Articulated Connection: Berkley Fireline 20 lb. test or similar braided line

· Body: Pine squirrel zonker strips

· Flash: Pearl and red krystal flash

· Weight: Black conehead with prismatic eyes

Rear Hook

Start by placing the rear hook in the vise, attach

the thread and wind to the rear of the hook. Tie in

several strands of pearl krystal flash and trim to

the length of the hook shank. Tie in a strip of

pine squirrel zonker strip with a tail that is equal

to the length of the hook shank. Palmer the

squirrel strip forward to the hook eye, tie off and

trim.
 

Tie in several strands of red krystal flash on both

sides of the hook just behind the eye. Pull the

krystal flash back while securing with additional

thread wraps so that the strands lie flat against

the body. Trim the krystal flash so that the

strands do not extend past the bend of the hook.
 

Tie off and place a drop of head cement on the

thread wraps. Set aside to dry.

 

Front Hook

Slip a black conehead onto the front hook and

place the front hook in the vise, attach the thread

and wind to the rear of the hook. Take a 6 inch

strand of braided line and tie the midpoint of the

braided line onto the rear of the hook so that half

of the line trails over the back of the hook and

half of the line extends towards the front of the

hook. Wind the thread up the hook shank

towards the eye of the hook and back towards

the hook bend while securely wrapping down the

front section of braided line.
 

Thread the rear hook onto the rear portion of the

braided line and bring the rear portion towards

the eye of the hook while taking care to form a

small loop in the braided line to allow plenty of

room for the rear portion to move freely. With the

rear section of the braided line now lying on top

of the front section, securely tie down both

sections of braided line by wrapping the thread

up and down the hook shank.
 

Trim the tags of braided line and tie off. Liberally

apply head cement to the front hook shank while

using care not to get any head cement on the

looped portion of the braided line. The looped

portion of braided line should be kept supple to

allow as much articulation as possible between

the front and rear fly sections. Set the fly aside

and allow the head cement to dry before

proceeding to the next step.
 

Re-attach the thread and wind to the rear of the

hook. Tie in a strip of pine squirrel zonker strip

above the hook bend and then wrap the thread

forward until just behind the conehead. Palmer

the squirrel strip forward until just behind the

cone head. Tie off and trim.
 

Tie in a clump of red krystal flash right behind the

conehead and trim for the throat of the fly. Whip

finish and apply head cement to thread wraps.
 

Go fishing and hang on tight.  


 

 

May 2009

Fly of the Month