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First published before January 1st 2001 - More than 14 years ago
No materials at all - but still good for sea trout
An oldie pattern from GFF
The Shank is a fly that will be both small and large at once. It's actually just a tuft of hair on a hook shank, but the hair cosen is fairly stiff
squirrel, and will give the fly some volume. Still when there's current or you retrieve it a bit faster it collapses to a narrow strip.
The squirrel can be tricky. I usually catch the material in a loop of thread over the hook before passing the thread under the hook. In this manner the hair is kept together in a neat bundle and will sit on top of the hook shank. Also I varnish the hair when I have trimmed the butts - before adding the finishing wraps and making the head. After finishing the fly I varnish it as I usually would.