Monday, February 23, 2009

Those Beadchain Eyes...

Hook:      Any Streamer or Long Nymph Hook
Thread:   6/0 Color to Match
Tail:           Marabou
Body:        Chenille
Hackle:   Rooster
Rib:         Ultra wire or Heavy Thread 
Eyes:         Beadchain 

Tying Instructions
1) Pre-weight hook shanks with lead wraps, I usually do half the hooks weighted and half not. 

2) Insert the hook in the vise and start your thread next to the eye, laying a good foundation for your beadchain eyes.

3) X wrap your eyes near the eye but giving yourself room for a thread head at the end.  Once the eyes are set move your thread back and drop a generous amount of head cement in between the eyes.  This will help keep them from spinning around the shank.

4) Tie in Marabou Tail, around the length of the hook shank.

5) Tie in rib, and chenille and create a  nice thread underbody and leaving your thread right before the beadchain eyes.

6) Wrap chenille up to the eyes and tie off.  Prepare and tie in a hackle feather making sure the fibers will curve back towards the bend.

7) Palmer hackle with hackle pliers making the wraps away from your body.  Leave the pliers dangling after the last wrap.

8) Rib through the hackle and try not to hold down any fibers. 

9) Tie off rib and trim excess and trim the excess hackle.  

10) Make a neat head and whip.  When all flies are done cement generously.  

Notes On the Fly
This variation of a standard pattern is successful for a few reasons.  It is a little different looking than the standard wooly bugger, and sometimes being a little different makes the fish a little more interested.  The eyes give this fly a nice flash, but they also allow the fly to pass as a more natural looking food source then the standard beadhead does.  Fishing without a heavy bead gives this fly a more balanced look when drifting in the water column, this could be just what the fish are looking for.  

Try this fly in any color you have.  My personal favorites are all black, all white, black/brown (pictured), and black/olive.  Add extra flash to the tail if desired especially when fishing deep or in cloudy water.  If you are just starting to tie flies this is a good place to start.  They are durable, easy to tie, and will catch any species of fish you are after! 


bfly said...

Great tie!!! Love it. Probably one of the most versitile flies ever!!
I know it is for me.

Luke C said...

All thanks to you my friend!