Fly Of The Week

Previous Flies
Fly Tying Terms

Mohawk or Pic's Special
By Gretchen and Al Beatty

Many saltwater fly-fishers are familiar with the gold spoon fly made popular by Jon Cave from Geneve, Florida. It has become a mainstay in almost everyone's fly-fishing arsenal for reds and specks; some even use it for largemouth and striped bass. Like many creative fly tiers, Tom [Tom Trippi creator of this fly] wanted to make a few changes to an already successful pattern. His main goal was to stabilize the fly for very slow, even wobble along with a little organic movement and more flash. Flashabou and a Zonker strip provided the needed alternation.

After making the changes he asked Tom Piccolo to act as his field tester because "pic" fished and guided the marshes of south Louisiana almost daily. After four months of testing the pattern on a daily basis they concluded it was one of the best flies for redfish either had ever used. It is particularly effective when retrieved using a very slow three-inch strip followed by a pause. The strip-pause-strip retrieve allows the fly to work its magic.

Materials List: The Mohawk or Pic's Special

    Hook: Size 2/0 - 2, saltwater

    Thread:- Red.

    Tail: Olive Flashabou over olive marabou.

    Tail flank: Two pheasant flank feathers.

    Eyes: Yellow barbell.

    Body: Wide Mylar tubing, olive Zonker strip.

    Legs: Red rubber strips.

    Coating: Clear nail polish with gold and green flecks.

Tying Method: The Mohawk or Pic's Special

1. Mount the hook in the vise and apply a thread base that extends over the whole shank and into the bend. Tie on a clump of olive marabou that is twice as long as the hook. Select several strands of olive or pearl Flashabou and tie them to the shank to accent the tail. Leave the thread at the back of the hook.

2. Select two well-marked pheasant feathers and strip the fuzzy material from the base of the stem. Tie one on the off side of the hook parallel with the tail. Repeat the process on the near side of the hook to complete the tail flank.

3. Pick a section of olive Zonker strip and tie it on the hook in the bend. It must be upside down and the natural direction of the fur should be pointing forward so the fur will sweep back when it is folded over in a future step. Use an iron to flatten a section of the gold mylar tubing. Slip it over the hook and anchor it in the bend on top of the Zonker strip. Press the tubing flat with the thumb and forefinger.

4. Anchor the barbell eyes in the bend of the hook with several crisscross wraps, whip finish, and remove the thread. Move forward to the front of the hook and tie the thread back on while binding the tubing to the shank just behind the eye. Trim off any waste tubing then wrap a thread head covering the clipped ends.

5. Pull the Zonker strip over the body, anchor it behind the hook eye, and trim the excess material. Tie on the red rubber strips to form four legs. They should be long enough to reach to the center of the tail flank feathers.

Innovative Flies and Techniques 6. Whip finish and remove the thread from the hook. Turn it over in the vise or rotate the jaws like we did. Apply a line of super glue to the Mylar tubing on either side of the shank so it will soak through and anchor the Zonker strip to the top of the body (which really is the bottom of the fly because it travels through the water hook-point up). Whe the super glue has dried, apply a coat of clear fingernail polish to the bottom of the Mylar (top f the fly) and accent it with sparkle flecks; Tom likes gold and light green. ~ Gretchen and Al

Credits: This fly is just one of hundreds of terrific step-by-step patterns in Innovative Flies and Techniques by Al and Gretchen, published by Frank Amato Publications. There is a review of the book HERE.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

[ HOME ]

[ Search ] [ Contact FAOL ] [ Media Kit ] © Notice