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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wiley's Velvet Touch

Wiley's Velvet Touch

Hook: Gamakatsu SP11 #8
Thread: GSP 100
Head: Small cone head
Collar: Schlappin
Body: Rabbit strip, Ice dubbing and Ice fur
Tail: Rabbit strip
Flash: Flashabou

Step 1- Start out buy sliding a small cone head on to the hook. Then wrap the thread from the hook eye to the bend of the hook.

Step 2- Tye in a rabbit strip. Leaving enough of a tag in order to extend the rabbit strip to the cone head later.

Step 3- Dub a tapered body from the bend of the hook to 3/4th of the way up the hook shank.

Step 4- Were you ended the dubbing, tie in two clumps of ice fur on either side of the body. The clumps should extend to just beyond the hook point.

Step 5- Now pull the rest of the rabbit strip forward and tie it off just in front of the dubbing.

Step 6- Next tie in 6 to 8 strands of Flashabou. I always like to add red in to what ever color combo I'm doing.

Step 7- Tye in a schlappin feather at the tip of the feather.

Step 8- Fold and wrap the schlappin feather forward to the cone head. Tye off, glue and put it in the box.

This fly is an old favorite for me. It's one of those I've had in the fly box for years and just keeps evolving with new materials and situations. This pattern can be made in any color that you can think of and in any size hook. Trout, bass, steelhead and salmon have all fallen victim to this pattern. This is one pattern that has become a staple in my box no matter the species I'm going for.

Happy cliant with a Velvit Touched Smallie

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