Written by: Steve Cobb
The writer’s authentic sketch finally led to the implausible sample described right here.
All photographs by Steve Cobb
Editor’s Notice: Steve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favourite on this weblog for a number of years now. We’d prefer to see YOUR variations within the feedback under.
A few years in the past, in the course of the holidays, I scratched out a sketch of a fly that I believed is likely to be a enjoyable tie for the Christmas season. The primary few Santas to come back off the vise have been so hideous that I believed the massive man would possibly cross me off the “good listing” completely. However the marabou saved flying, and after some time, I had a fly that I believed captured the spirit of outdated St. Nick.
He’s undergone a number of adjustments over the course of the years, with a pair completely different supplies and a pair minor adjustments to make the tie a bit simpler. So right here’s the recipe for my “Santa Fly.” There are many steps, however none of them is especially tough, so don’t be intimidated. Neglect conventional fly tying: this recipe begins on the eye and works its approach rearward. Have a jolly good time tying it…and don’t fear about that naughty listing.
Steve Cobb lives and fishes in Upstate New York, on the northern fringe of Adirondack Park. You possibly can comply with him on his weblog at QuietRaquette.com. He additionally sells these Santa Flies on the positioning.
Santa Claus Fly
Hook: Stainless-steel hook, measurement 1/zero.
Thread #1/nostril: Pink, 6/zero.
Thread #2: White, 6/zero.
Beard Base: White deer hair.
Beard/hair: White marabou (lengthy).
Head/face: Sheep’s wool.
Hat brim: White marabou.
Hat: Pink turkey flats.
Eyes: 5X tippet and Small black glass beads.
Hair: White marabou.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Instruments: Stitching needle
1. Begin the crimson thread and construct up a ball in regards to the measurement of the hook eye. Whip-finish, lower the thread, and coat with head cement.
2. Connect the white thread, and choose a clump of white deer hair in regards to the size of the hook level to the attention.
three. Transfer hair as much as the tie-in level, simply behind the ball of crimson thread.
four. Spin the deer hair.
5. Work all of the hair to the underside half of the hook and tie it off.
6. Wrap again ahead to the flared hair, and tie in one other clump on the underside of the hook.
7. Tie off the hair, and push every thing tight towards the hook eye if needed.
eight. Snip (and discard) the tip of an extended white marabou feather. Wrap the thread again as much as the flare and tie in feather to the underside of the hook.
9. Wrap again to midway level on hook, and trim off extra.
10. Select a small lengthy, slim clump of sheep’s wool. Convey the ends collectively to kind a ball, and tie it in to the highest of the hook so the ball is even with the crimson thread.
11. Tie in a small clump of white marabou (the shorter, fluffier ones), one on either side.
12. Right here’s how issues ought to look up to now. . . .
13. Discover two marabou feathers with the longest suggestions you may and snip them out. Holding the feather by the tip, strip off any unfastened flyaways from the stem of every.
14. Holding the primary feather by the stem, catch it halfway with a pair unfastened thread wraps, after which pull the feather till simply the information are caught. Tie in tightly with a pair wraps.
15. Take the second feather and, holding it by the information, tie within the shaft on the feather base with a pair extra wraps.
16. Seize the free finish of each feathers and twist them barely. Cease twisting simply earlier than they start to kink.
17. Wrap the twisted twine loosely across the wool ball.
18. Tie off the marabow. Don’t fear about a number of unfastened flyaways, as you may trim them later.
19. Tie in full marabou feather, with the stem flattened, on the underside of the hook.
20. Strip the fluff again from two crimson turkey flats and snip them off, leaving some shaft. Strip one facet fully from every.
21. Trim each to match. The shaft facet needs to be about ¾ of the hook in size (not together with the absolutely stripped off half).
22. Tie within the crimson feathers by the bases of their stems. If the tops flare away from one another a bit, you may place a drop of glue on the very prime to carry them collectively.
23. Tie a bunch of knots in the midst of a 12-inch piece of 5X tippet. Thread the ends by means of a small glass bead. Warmth the knots with a flame, after which flatten them to the bead. Contact up the melted tippet with a black marker or paint. Minimize one tag finish off. Make two of those.
24. Thread the beaded tippet on a stitching needle. Go the needle by means of the wool, beginning at every eye place and angling the tippet so it exits subsequent to the hook on either side.
25. Let the beads keep out away from the wool, initially.
26. Pull each bit of tippet so the bead simply contacts the wool, and safe the tippets with two wraps. Examine for eye placement and regulate if needed.
27. Wrap the thread again and lower the feathers and tippets. Safe them nicely with cement.
28. Tie in one other marabou feather by the stem.
29. Twist the marabou and wrap it round and again as much as the crimson feather. Catch the ends and tie in.
30. Do two or three huge half hitches and safe them with cement.
31. Trim off all of the unfastened ends and flyaways. Push the marabou from step 11 towards the hook eye and trim. Trim the beard feathers to go well with.
The completed product: Ho, Ho, Ho!