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Big Eel Fly Pattern
by Ed Zaun
Big Eel Photo Copyright  1999 E. Zaun

Stuff you'll need...

  • Hook: Mustad 34007 or equivalent. I usually tie this as a tandem, so you'll need two.
  • Tail: Black Bucktail, Brown Saddle Hackle, Black Saddle Hackle, Gold Mylar, Black plastic coated wire
  • Wing: Same as Tail, less wire
Tie it up...
  1. Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
  2. Take a length of the wire leader material about 6" long and put it through the eye of the hook and back out so it forms a square knot with the eye. Leave the ends loose for now.
  3. Tie in, at mid shank, the Brown Saddle Hackle, then the Gold Mylar, then tie in the Black Saddles around the enitre assembly. Leave some of the filoplume ( the fluffy stuff at the base of the feather). It adds bulk and moves nicely in the water.
  4. Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down.
  5. Whip Finish and apply your favorite head cement.
  6. Remove the completed Tail assembly and place the other hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
  7. Lay the leader material along both sides of the hook, making sure the point on the trailer hook is facing up. Wrap this down tightly, leaving about 1/8" from the hook eye. Trim the ends and if you feel the need, apply CA glue to the wraps. When you do this Step, make sure it's close enough so the Saddles you use for the wing are long enough to hide the trailer hook, but far enough back to give you the length you want.
  8. Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down.
  9. Pepeat Steps 3 and 4
  10. Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down.
  11. Whip Finish and apply your favorite head cement.
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