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An almost naked fly with almost no materials.
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 chosen 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 Shank also uses natural flash - peacock herl in stead of my beloved flash straws. A good autumn fly.
|Hook||4-6 curved nymph/emerger hook|
|Body||Natural squirrel underfur taken from the butts of the hairs used for winging the previous fly.|
|Wing||A few peacock herl under a tuft of squirrel tail hair. I use red or gray Siberian Squirrel. the hair is longer, softer and more curled than most squirrel seen.|
|Head||Color of thread|
- Dub the front third of the hook to a small eliptical body. Mostly ment to support the wing.
- Tie in a few peacock herl almost double hook length.
- Remove underfur from a tuft of squirrel tail hair.
- Tie in wing on top of herl. The wing most be almost double hook length.
- Cut the surplus and form a head.
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.