Another daydream/nightmare brought to life. Variant eel pattern with colors perhaps closer to the American Freshwater Eel.
Also trying to mimic the fused almost body length caudal fin using mallard flank.
Would like any suggestions on the caudal fin mimicry. My original attempt was to try wrapping saddle hackle feathers up the back half of the body and then clipping the sides off so only the top and bottom of the body had the fibers standing up. Really had a hell of a time with that and hated the look.
Thinking about trying some pheasant tail tied in top and bottom at the end of a much shortened body. Also thinking this would probably totally kill the action.
Looking for suggestions. As mentioned in previous post, the whole notion may be superfluous since I know of several folks who just use a length of latex tube with line run through the tubing and some hooks tied in about middle and nearer tail.
Did you weave the chenille or use a marker as far as the fin that is tricky I wouldn’t shorten it perhaps you could add a hook at the tail and tie in some marabou to the top and bottom of the shank or use a couple of dyed hen feathers and trim to shape I don’t know if that makes sense or would even work if I come up with anything better I’ll let you know
Thanks @Harley d
I appreciate any suggestions and thoughts from others. Let me try to answer your questions first. The yarn is twisted in a hemostat as a single strand then allowed to fold back on itself while holding both ends of the material between thumb and forefinger. This makes a permanent twisted strand once the two ends are tied in on the hook shank. Then it’s just a color job with perm markers.
You lose a lot of the movement/wiggle if you tie any material directly to the twisted strands. The action is best when the tailing material is tied in at the very end of the strands as in the photo.
Your suggestion about a hook at the tail kills the action I desire. I tried that and found that a second hook did much better located as shown in the photo.
I like the suggestion of the rabbit top and bottom. Maybe a micro zonker could be added as you suggest. Perhaps they could even be glued or even woven into the yarn. I’ll give this more thought. Thanks for yours.
I know I’m kinda late to the party here but I love the pattern and would like to know how you tie it..also have you considered a zonker strip for that fin?..Just a drop of shoe goo or similar at the front and back of the strip to keep the area pliable..Nate
Never too late to share. This isn’t a difficult pattern but is a bit too wordy to explain here at FlyFlasher. I have some photos that I’ve shared with a few other folks here that might make it easier to explain the steps involved. I’d be glad to share them and written step by step details via email.
Here’s the catch on the email thing though. I had my personal info stolen from the company I worked for and got caught up in a world of financial issues. I don’t post my email here but will share it with you if you agree to “keep it to yourself”. Perhaps you are willing to post your email address here. If so, I’ll send you a note and we can go from there. If you are like me and prefer not to post the address here, see below.
Here is how we can exchange the email addresses. I’ll contact Martin Fabricius (FlyFlasher Creator) and ask him to send you my email address. You send me an email, we can exchange info on the pattern. Let me know how you want to go forward. As I said, always glad to share, never too late.
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