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Razzle Dazzle Fly Pattern
by Ed Zaun

This fly is rapidly becoming my "go-to" weapon. When you see it in the water, you'll know why it's called the "Razzle Dazzle". This fly was originated by J. Kenney Abrames, and although I don't tie it exactly like he does, mine produces fish very well. Ken says it's extremely important to use the primary colors and to keep the mylar about 3/4" longer than the tail. He also says in his book, "Striper Moon", that this fly will pull fish that are actively feeding from the school of baitfish to attack it. I will say this... the one and only false albacore I've managed to land on the fly rod fell victim to this fly. I tie it in several sizes, anywhere from 5" to 9".

Razzle Dazzle Photo Copyright  1998 E.Zaun

Stuff you'll need...
  • Hook: Mustad 34007 or equivalent
  • Thread: Light Gray or Light Green
  • Tail: (This is a long one)White Bucktail, Silver Flashabou, Long White Saddle Hackle, Pearl Crystal Flash, Red Mylar, Long Yellow Saddle, Green Mylar or Flashabou, Green Ultra Hair, Long Electric Blue Saddle Hackle, Gold Mylar, Long Olive Saddle Hackle
  • Body: Sliver Mylar Braid
  • Wing: Electric Blue Saddle Hackle, Olive Saddle Hackle
  • Throat: White Bucktail
Tie it up...
  1. Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
  2. Tie in White Bucktail. Make it extend about 3 inches from the bend.
  3. Tie in the rest of the tail in the following order, laying each layer slightly shorter than the preceeding one, except the mylar. Make that about 3/4" longer than the total tail. You'll need to be careful to lay everything flat so the body will go on. Don't forget to use half-hitches every now and then. One other thing, all the hackle is tied flat.

    (A) Four strands of Silver Flashabou
    (B) One Long White Saddle Hackle
    (C) About six strandsPearl Crystal Flash
    (D) Two strands of Red Mylar
    (E) One Long Yellow Saddle
    (F) Two strands of Green Mylar or Flashabou
    (G) A small clump of Green Ultra Hair
    (H) One Long Electric Blue Saddle Hackle
    (I) Four strands of Gold Mylar
    (I) One Long Olive Saddle Hackle

  4. Cut a length of the mylar body braid, remove the cord from inside and slide over shank. Tie it in and whip it. Use CA glue to insure a good hold.
  5. Cut the thread and re-attach at the head and lock the front of the braid down.
  6. Tie in one more Long Blue Saddle and cover it with another Olive one.
  7. Tie in a very sparse collar of White Bucktail for a throat.
  8. Whip Finish and apply your favorite head cement.
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