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Pete's Slider
Pete's Slider
By Pete Parker, Indian Hills, CO, USA
Photos by Jim Birkholm


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Pete's Slider

Pete Parker

Pete Parker is well known among professional fly tiers, and those who attend the Fly Tying Theaters at the International Sportsmen's Expositions. Pete is the one who organizes the schedules and arranges for all the guest tiers. He is also a contract fly tyer for Umpqua, ties flies for the FFF Museum and the FFF National Conclaves.

His flies are regularly featued in books and magazine. In additional to Pete's Slider, he invented the Tuna Helper, Pete's Mackerel, Pete's Prop Fly and other patterns.

We've known Pete for years and were delighted when he agreed to tie a couple of his flies for us at the Seattle ISE Show for use here.

This fly (and it's inventor) holds several IGFA records on blue water fish, including Giant Travelle! If you are into big fish - blue water, salt or maybe some tough freshwater fish, give it a try. ~ DLB

Materials List:

Hook:  Eagle Claw 66s or equalivant.

Thread:  Gudebrod, size 'G,' any color.

Tail:  White bucktail, Olive Super Hair, and Peacock Crystal Flash.

Body:  1/2" caulking rod.

Overbody:  Pearlescent 1/2" mylar tubing.

Butt:  Red Cactus Chenille.

Head:  Layer of hot glue, dipped in holographic glitter.

Eyes:  4mm 3-d stick-on eyes.

Tying Instructions:

    1. Attach thread, wind to rear.

    2. Tie in white bucktail, 1 1/2 times the shank length.

    3. Tie in olive super hair over the white bucktail, pull out alternating strands to make uneven ends.

    4.Tie in peacock crystal flash as before over the top. Each succeeding layer of Super Hair should be slightly longer than the preceeding one to form a nice tapered body.

    5. Make a hole off-center in the caulking.

    6. Use thick super glue and stick on the hook.

    7. Fray 1/2" of mylar tubing and slide over the caulking piece and tie down on the hook at the back. Cut off just behind the eye.

    8. Tie in red Cactus Chenille behind body over the tie-off of the mylar, use three wraps of the chenille.

    9. Instead of a whip finish, wet thread with super glue, use a half hitch twice.

    10. Attach thread again at head, using two loose turns first.

    11. Build head and taper (make sure the taper matches the bottom of the mylar and doesn't interfer with the hook gap.)

    12. Use a glue gun and hot glue to build the head.

    13. Shape with WET fingers, dip in holographic glitter while still wet.

    14. Coat with clear fingernail polish over joint and head. This keeps the colored markers from bleeding.

    15. Make gill marks and color as shown with Panteen pens in olive and chartruse. Add eyes and gill lines (red marker.)

    16. Coat top and whole fly with 5 minute epoxy.

    17. Put on rotating drying wheel to dry.

Fishing Suggestions

This fly, as of this writing holds 4 IGFA records for blue water fish. Use at your own risk! ~ DLB


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