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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mike's K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stone)

Hook: TMC2457 size 10
Thread: UTC140, black
Material 1: Pheasant tail, black
Material 2: Cactus Chenille, black

Step1: Start the UTC140 one eye width back on the hook shank and wrap back to the rear tie in point. On this fly the rear tie in point is just back of the hook barb.

Step 2: Tie in about ten black pheasant tail fibers off the back of the hook. They fibers should extend approximately one hook shank length off the back of the hook and wrap forewards about one third of the hook shank to secure the material and help build a bit of underbody.

Step 3: Pull the fibers back and wrap back to the rear tie in point, binding them down with the thread as you go.

Step 4: After having advanced the thread forward take the fibers together and spin them to form a bit of a rope, then wrap them forwards to the one third point on the shank. By twisting the fibers in to a rope you add both a bit of segmentation as well as adding some durability to the fly. Once the material has been tied off the excess can be trimmed off.

Step 5: Tie in a bunch of the pheasant tail fibers by the base where the last material was tied off.

Step 6: Tie in black cactus chenille and wrap it forward to form the thorax of the fly. The easiest way to tie it in is to firmly hold the material in one hand and strip the flash material out leaving only the thread, then tie it in by the thread. The cactus chenille should be tied off behingthe eye of the hook and the rest trimmed off.

Step 7: Pull the pheasant tail forward over the top of the chenille to form the case. Securely tie down the pheasant tail behind the eye of the hook.

Step 8: Split the bunch of fibers in half and pull each half back on either side of the hook shank, then tightly tie them off in the position, form a head which covers the tie in point and butts, then whip finish and cut the thread.

Step 9: Cut the pheasant tail fibers about two thirds of the way back on the hook shank and then use your fingers to put a bit of a crease in them so they hug the body a bit. At this point you have completed the fly.

The K.I.S.S is another easy and quick fly that has proven to be very effective when chasing salmon and steelhead. This version if the black stone version but simply change out the colors to natural pheasant tail and amber or yellow cactus chenille for a great golden stone imitation. By changing the chenille size this pattern can be tied from size 6 for salmon in colored up water all the way down to size 12 for low water steelhead. To order this pattern or my other patterns, or if you have any questions about the pattern that were not addressed, please visit