Sometimes this one seems almost magical for smallmouth. Basically a long-tailed marabou jig fly. One of my favorites when the smallies are feeding shallow. The elongated tail adds that extra movement without the need for articulation.
Hook: # 4-8 jig style (your choice of eye)
Tail: black marabou fibers tied to end of black medium chenille
Underbody: lead sub wraps along shank. Add as many as you want to weight this one. (I prefer 12-15 of .025)
Body: black marabou fibers tied in as dubbing
Wing: black marabou fibers wrapped around hook shank in dubbing loop (alternately, tie in clumps of marabou around the shank)
Flash: 3-4 strands silver crystal flash each side
Collar: black dry fly saddle.
Head: silver bead sized to hook
Not sure why, but the fly is more effective for me when I use a collar of heavily wrapped dry fly quality hackle rather than softer fibered hackle. Hackle length should be about hook gap width. The chenille tail is about a 1 and 1/2 the hook shank length long (including the marabou “puff” at the end).
Hope this isn’t too much info. It’s a pretty simple tie.
Glad to hear I helped Shannon. I learn something new here every time. Some really great folks who are willing to share their expertise.
If you intend to try this pattern (and for me it’s a killer on smallies), it helps if you expose the chenille tail to a flame to melt the end. This leaves a tiny ball of melted material. It keeps the marabou from slipping off the end of the chenille using many fewer wraps.
@KingFish35 I think this site provides me with more information than I can sometimes digest Travis. Your comment about black not working well is no surprise to me since I have seen huge differences in color preferences on different bodies of water. On my waters, white is my nemesis. Lots of friends kill on white streamers but not so with me. I wonder if it’s really the color that’s the issue or if it’s something more intangible such as the “confidence factor”.
I hope you will try this one. I’ve used both brown and olive with success but the black is magic here.
I hope to hear of your successes. Be sure to post and let me know.
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