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Lucky Strike Fly Pattern
by Ed Zaun

I like this fly. It's easy to tie and it produces fish. For variations, all you have to do is change the bucktail and you can imitate most baitfish.

Lucky Strike Photo Copyright  1998 E. Zaun

Stuff you'll need...
  • Hook: Mustad 34007 or equivallent
  • Thread: Black or I try to match the wing color
  • Tail: The original pattern called for White Arctic Fox Tail, but I make do with Rabbit Fur.
  • Body: A section of Pearlescent or Silver Corsair Braid
  • Wing: Bucktail of your choosing
  • Collar: White Bucktail
Tie it up...
  1. Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread. Run the thread back to the eye and remove the hook form the vise.
  2. Cut a section of the Corsair to the size you want and remove the cotton threads that run through the top and bottom. This gives the fly better action. Measure the hook against the braid, leaving the front of the braid back far enough to tie the head. Mark where the bend of the hook crosses the botom of the body by pinching it there with your thumb and forefinger.
  3. Insert the hook into the braid and push the point through the bottom where you marked it and tie the front down. Make sure the body lies straight along the hook. Cut the thread.
  4. Turn the hook arounfd in the vise, take a clump of bunny fur with the underfur and roll the cut ends into a small cylinder. Insert it into the tail of the body and carefully cinch it down with the thread. It's not hard if you wrap two or three loose turns and pull it tight, then lock it down.
  5. Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down and cement with Zap-A-Gap or CA glue.
  6. Turn the fly around and tie in the wing using unstacked bucktail so that the tips come almost to where the tail meets the body.
  7. Tie in the collar, using unstacked bucktail, so the tips fall just short of the wing.
  8. Whip Finish and apply your favorite head cement.
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