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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Senyo's Shag Nasty

Step #1: Take a Mustad 3191 Size 2/0 hook and cut off at the bend. I know wadington shanks are most commonly used, but this hook style allows you to place the hook in the vice without having to tie your fly at an awkward angle, and it is an inexpensive way to tie this pattern.

Take a 6 inch piece of 30 pound standard Berkley fire Wire, and found the section in half to form a loop on one end. Thread the loop through the eye of a VMC 7356BN Drop Shot #1 hook or equivalent. Open the loop and slide the loop over the hook to form the connection. This will allow you to change hooks when needed.

The Fire Line is then secured to the top of the hook shank with about 1 inch of the loop hanging out the rear. Secure the Fire Line with several even thread wraps, and apply a thin coating of Super glue. Allow to dry.

Step #2: Attach a 1 inch long piece of medium hot pink Estaz or Cactus Chenille, and wrap tightly around the rear of the hook shank 2-3 times and secure with several thread wraps.

Step #3: Take a small clump of Chartreuse Shaggy Dub and center tie in right behind the chenille. Fold over the front section of the Shaggy Dub over the rear and secure with several thread wraps. Trim the Shaggy Dubbing of all extra long fibers.

Step #4: Attach a 4 inch long piece of silver braid at the rear. Wrap the braid toward the front of the hook shank to form an even body. I like to put a thin coat of super glue on the top of the hook shank before wrapping the body. This will speed up the tying time versus wrapping over the braid with fine wire for durability.

Step #5: Center tie in a clump of Black Shaggy Dub in front of the silver braid body, and again fold over the Shaggy Dub on top of itself, and bring the tying thread to the front with several wraps to secure the material. Trim the Shaggy Dubbing lightly of all long fibers.

Step #6: Tie in a section of Black Finn Raccoon. Make sure the fur covers all the way around the fly pattern evenly. Trim the excess away from the eye of the hook shank, and secure with several tight thread wraps. 

Step #7: Place 2-3 strands of Pearl/Silver/Blue/Green Flashabou over the top of the Finn Raccoon. Tie in 12 individual strands of 3 to 4 inch natural Lady Amherst feather evenly around the Finn Raccoon.
Final Product...

Senyo's Shag Nasty is an example of another super easy and effective quick tie fly pattern for Lake Erie Steelhead!