Back Beach Bomber
By Jeff Smith
1. Secure hook in vise and wrap shank with
Larva Lace fine nylon thread. Using the folding technique,
attach a length of long black yak hair or Kinky Fiber.
For this fly we used Kinky Fiber and will refer to it
from now on.
2. Cut a clump of yellow bucktail and secure with
two medium tension wraps on top of the black Kinky
Fiber. Take your fingers and roll the bucktail around
the hook in a 360-degree effect. Tie down and
add a drop of Zap a Gap. Cut 3-5 strands yellow
holographic fiber and using the folding technique, tie
in on top of yellow bucktail.
3. Next we are going to add a yellow marabou collar around the tail. Take a yellow marabou plume and tie in by its tip like you would to tie a wet fly hackled collar. You want the marabou to flow back over the tail so have the peak of the plume facing forward once tied in. Palmer the marabou forward manually stroking it back as you move forward. Tie off and wrap thread through marabou while stroking it back to where you tied it in. This will keep the marabou from coming apart.
4. Cut a 2 inch piece of 1/2" EZ body braid. Take
the nylon polyester stitching out and slide over the eye
of the hook. Secure evenly with the point of the hook,
tie a few half hitches and tie off. Add a drop of
Zap a Gap.
5. Grasp the EZ body tubing at the open (or right hand) end and push it back over itself. Similar to the way you would turn a sock inside out. Since the doubled over EZ body forms the under structure of the head, this can serve as criteria for how large to make it. Next encircle the EZ body about mid-shank with your thread. Take some turns of thread around the tubing to secure it to the hook shank. You may want to adjust the position of the tubing a bit. Try to work the material towards the top of the hook in order to increase the amount of space for clean hook sets. Trim the excess EZ body tubing. A soldering iron may be used to melt the tubing to produce a clean trim. If a soldering iron is used beware of flammable materials and solvents. Next add a pinch of Electric Banana Angel hair on top of the newly formed spreader.
6. Now we start to build the body. For this particular fly I used 12 inch Kinky Fiber folded over. Start on the front side of the fly and add 10-12 strands of Kinky Fiber in front of the spreader using the folding technique. Stagger the ends of the Kinky fiber to keep from getting the paintbrush effect at the end of the fly. Repeat this procedure until you have encompassed clear to the other side. When viewing the fly from the front you want to see the black Kinky Fiber tied in the way you would look at a protractor. 180 degrees.
7. Add black/purple holographic flash using the folding technique. Apply it like you did the Kinky Fiber a few strands at a time up and over to the other side. Next, take 8-10 Ostrich herls and tie in on top.
8. Add 5 strands of Peacock Krystal Flash or Peacock Holographic fiber on top and tie in. Top with 10 strands of natural peacock herls. Rotate the vise and tie in white 6-inch kinky fiber on the bottom of spreader. Stagger the ends like you did for the body.
9. Take two black marabou plumes. Tie one in the same way you did the yellow one for the tail collar. Palmer forward stroking back the fibers to keep from wrapping over them. Tie down, trim off stem and wrap the thread forward through the marabou back to the tie in point. Tie in second plume and wrap forward in same manner and tie off. Stroke the marabou back with your free hand and wrap the thread back over the marabou to the tie in point. Wetting your fingers helps. Add a drop of Zap a Gap.
10. Cut a 2-inch piece of EZ body tubing and take out polyester stitching. Slide over shank and tie in right up to the marabou collar. Tie off and add a drop of Zap a Gap.
11. Repeat step 5 pushing the tubing back alternating between pinching the tubing between your thumb and index finger. Tie down just behind the eye and make 10 or so tight wraps. Tie off; add a drop of Zap a Gap.
12. Add 5/8" mylar stick-on eyes with the help of a dab of Goop. When set color upper sides of mylar tubing with a dark olive marker and mark the top with a black marker. For gill effect use a red Testors paint marker. Finish head by coating with a thin coat of Devcon 5 minute epoxy or several coats of Softex.
How to Fish the Back Beach Bomber
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