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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mike's Red Rocket

With all the steelhead stuff I have been doing lately it was refreshing to sit back and tie up some Red Rockets over the last week. I suppose you could throw it at chrome, but this is a fly that was designed with chucking it at hog browns in mind. I love getting out and getting some shots at post spawn brown trout with their winter colors and temprement...they are mean and hungry!


Thread: UTC140 denier
Hooks: Gamagatsu B10S, size 1 and 2
Tail: Rabbit strip, black
Body1: Schlappen, blue
Body2: Cactus Chenille, black pearl
Body3: Marabou, black
Cheeks: Grizzly Marabou, sand
Head: Senyo Laser Dub, black
Eyes: 3D Epoxy, Super Pearl

Common color variations: black over blue, brown over yellow, olive over tan, burnt orange over black

STEP 1: With your Gamagatsu B10S size 2 in the vise get your thread started and wrapped to the back of the hook shank. Once at the rear tie in point, located above the midpoint of the hook spear, tie in 4-6 strands of Magnum Flashabou. Tie in the Flashabou by it's middle with a few tight wraps then fold it over itself and complete wrapping it down.

STEP 2: Tie in the rabbit strip off the back of the hook from the rear tie in point. The strip should hand off the back about an inch and a half or so. Once it is securely in place trim the Flashabou so that it sticks out just a bit past the rabbit.

STEP 3: At the rear tie in point you now attach a single schlappen feather by the tip and then the cactus chenille with a few tight wraps each, then advance the thread forward to the eye.

STEP 4: Wrap the cactus chenille forward to form the underbody of the fly and then palmer the schlappen forward and tie it off. Be careful as you wrap forward not to trap fibers down to the body.

STEP 5: Just behind the eye finish the back of the fly by tying in a marabou veil. The marabou tips should extend past the schlappen and about half way down the rabbit strip.

STEP 6: Place the Gamagatsu B10S size 1 hook in the vise and wrap the shank with lead. Attach the rear hook using 19 strand .018" Beadalon threaded through the eye with two size E beads as spacers. Tightly wrap edge to edge forward and back to lock the connection in place.

STEP 7: Using another 6-10 strands of Magnum Flashabou you will form a skirt off the baack of the front hook to add internal flash and help cover the junction. Tie them in by the middle on one side of the hook shank and then fold them back over themself and tie them off. They should extend about to the back of the schlappen on the rear hook.

STEP 8: Mirror Step 3, at the rear tie in point you now attach a single schlappen feather by the tip and then the cactus chenille with a few tight wraps each, then advance the thread forward to the eye.
STEP 9: Mirror Step 4, wrap the cactus chenille forward to form the underbody of the fly and then palmer the schlappen forward and tie it off. You should leave about a quarter to a third of an inch behind the eye for the remaining steps.

STEP 10: Mirror Step 5 and tie in a marabou veil. The marabou tips should extend past the schlappen and extend over the junction point.

STEP 11: Tie in two rubber legs so they come down each side of the hook shank and trim them so they extend about to the bend of the front hook.

STEP 12: Over the tie in point for the legs you will add the Grizzly Marabou cheeks. The cheeks will extend about the length of the hook shank, so just short of the rubber legs.

STEP 13: Tie in a thick head of Senyo Laser Dub. You will need to stroke the fibers so they are mostly going the same direction, slide the clump over the eye of the hook, a few wraps in the middle, then fold it back over itself and tie off behind the eye.

STEP 14: After a secure whip finish remove the thread and finish the fly by adding eyes to each side using Loctite gel. Make sure to hold the eyes in place until you feel them getting warm, which ensures they are securely bonded and will not fall off.

My favorite way to fish this fly is to use a 200gr SA Long full sinking line to get it out and then vary the retrieve strips to get a nice erratic motion as the fly is brought back in.

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