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Rabbit Strip Helgrammite Flishing Fly

Rabbit Strip Helgrammite Flishing Fly This fly is tied to attrack small mouth bass(smallies), although I have a feeling that any self respecting trout might also be interested. This fly is tied by SmallieHunter from Fly Fishing Forum. I can't wait to try this out on some unsuspecting fish.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Mustad 9672 3x hook
  • .10 - .20 Lead wire
  • Black Rabbit strip
  • Black Chenile
  • Black Saddle Hackle
  • Black Bug Skin
  • Black Goose bibots
  • Black 6/0 Uni-thread
Tie on the rabbit strip.

Tie in the rabbit strip I usually cut my rabbit strips about 1.5 times the length of hook shank.

Adding weight to the fly.

Wrap your weight(optional), coat the weight with head cement and thread to keep it secure.

Tie in bug skin.

Tie in the black BugSkin upside down at the same spot where the rabbit strip was tied in. The BugSkin strip should be around 1/4 inch wide and a little longer than the hook shank.

tie in chenille.

Tie in the chenille and the hackle(tip first) just above where you just tied in the BugSkin. Advance thread 2/3 up the hook shank.

Wrap the fly forward.

Wrap chenille 2/3 up the hook shank and use a few wraps of thread to hold secure. Advance hackle to the same point as the chenille and trim any excess.

Dubbing the thread.

Bring the BugSkin over the chenille and hackle to form wingcase. Use a few tight wraps to secure. Advance the chenille to the hook eye and use a few wraps of thread to secure.

Finish the fly.

Bring the extra BugSkin forward to build the head and I personally measure how much of the material I need and then trim before I tie it in. Tie in two Black Goose Biots for pincers.