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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Zuddy's Super Streamer

If you've seen my other tying tutorials then you know by now I'm not one to spend more than 4-5 minutes on a single fly... except maybe the Zudbubbler. The Zuddy's Super Streamer is no exception. Tied with just two materials, this fly is super simple and fast to tie, but a very effective streamer for trout and bass. Wait til you see the great action this streamer puts out when stripped on a sinking line using a strip, pause routine.

Step 1: Choose the streamer hook of your choice. Mine is a Daiichi 2460 size 1/0 for this fly. After securing the thread (Lagartun 100 D in white) start with the thread about the same distance behind the eye as the hook gape. Tie in a clump of buck tail (I typically use white, gray, yellow or natural). Using X-wraps tie to the back of the hook and back forward leaving a small head of hair flared out (this will help the flashabou in the next step move around better).

 Step 2: Tie in a few strands (or even quite a few) of flashbou (copper is a great choice) and spread them around the top and sides of the head before lashing them down securely.

Step 3: Tie in another clump of buck tail on the top of the hook, this time leaving the head a little bigger (as you would with a Zoo Cougar or similar fly). You should now have enough room for one more clump of buck tail behind the eye.

Step 4: Clip a final clump of buck tail, this time trimming both ends (as you would if spinning deer hair) and tie it in on top of the hook or spin it around the hook, whichever you prefer. Whip finish and remove the fly from your vise.

 Step 5: Trim the head flat on the bottom and taper the head back a little (sculpin style)... not too much or too perfect, this isn't meant to be fished on the surface!

Now get off your computer and go fishing!

Capt. Matt Zudweg guides on Michigan's Muskegon River for Smallmouth Bass, Trout and Steelhead. Check out his guide service at
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