Mini Trospinator Baitfish on an @ahrexhooks FW 581 Wet Fly hook.
Finn Raccoon is an awesome material for big pike flies. The long, soft hair moves really well in the water. It’s also very durable. If you don’t use too much of the leather it’s also not so difficult to cast, because the hair will not soak as much as water as rabbit fur for example does. You can cast it with your 8weight and a pike taper line with no problems.
The color combination ist just an example. To be totally honest, for this fly, I used the materials from another old fly with a damaged hook. Recycling the fly tiers way! ;-)
The hook is a good topic! I got some samples from the danish company AHREX hooks. They got my attention, because they brought some really nice hooks for streamer and especially for sea trout fishing on the market. Now, they also got a Predator line with big sized hooks for predators like pike. The hook I’ve used is really nice. A white gap, a not too heavy wire and a small fine barb. You can also get it as a barbless version. That’s a pretty cool thing!
For this SBS, I tied the fly with a head of Senyos Laser Dub to give it more volume. It pushes a lot more water. On the other hand, it’s a bit harder to cast. There’s another way to tie it. Just some eyes with uv resin between them to secure everything like shown on the first picture with the black collar.
- Hook: AHREX PR 350 Light Predator # 4/0
- Flash: Krinkle Mirror Flash orange
- Ribbing: Mono 0,50 mm
- Main Body: Finn Racoon Zonker orange
- Body: Kaktus Chenille and Polar Chenille twisted
- Front Collar: Finn Racoon white
- Head: Senyos Laser Dub white mixed with orange
- Eyes: 3D Eyes orange
- Thread: Veevus GSP 100 D white
- Bug Bond UV Resin, if you don’t want to tie it with a big head
Put a drop of super glue along the hook shank and do a spiral wrap back and forth, back and forth, back and…. to create a solid basement for the other materials.
Tie in some mono for the ribbing. I’ve used 0,50 mm.
As „tail flash“, tie in some krinkle mirror flash in different lengths.
For the body, I’ve used one strand of orange cactus chenille and two strands of white polar chenille.
Twist the strands like shown and wind it around the hook shank and catch it with your tying thread.
Take the Finn Raccoon strip and tie it in at the front.
With the mono, rib the fur strip from the back to the front with very high tension, so it won’t be destroyed by the pikes teeth.
Put some white Finn Raccoon in a material clamp or like I prefer in the Vosseler Clip Tool. Cut off the leather strip.
Make a thread loop and put some wax on it. Then put the Finn Raccoon hair into the loop.
Twist the loop with your dubbing twister. Don’t do it too fast and clear the hair from tangling from time to time with your dubbing needle. Wind it around the hook shank and stroke the hair back after every single turn.
Tie in some Senyos Laser Dub in the color of your liking. How you work with the Laser Dub is shown in several step by step tutorials in this blog. Just type „Senyos Laser Dub“ in the search field.
The finished Finn Raccoon Streamer for pike. Easy to tie, very durable and awesome in the water. I wish you a lot of fun tying and fishing it!
Normally, I use arctic fox hair for the tail of the Aspinator. I chanched the tail and tied Marabou in. The Marabou was mixed with a little bit of Hareline Ice Dub Minnow Back Shimmer Fringe (ufff! what a name!). Under the Marabou tail, I’ve tied in some short fluoro fibre to give the soft tail more support to hinder the tail wrapping around the hook.
I’ve tied a Burner streamer on an AHREX Curved Gammarus #6 and it looks goooooooood! ; – )
Some time ago, I made a step by step tutorial about this streamer. You can find it here: https://theonefly.com/?p=3094
I was asked so often in the last time for a step by step tutorial for the Sea Trout fly „Der Loppo“, that I finally made one.
This fly isn’t something „brand new“, „the next revolution“, „the game changer“ or anything like this. It’s just a mix of some ingredients of good flies mixed together to a fly, which I personally like and in which I put my faith when fishing. I made flies for my fishing in the past, which looked quite similar, but this is the final outcome.
Its got a nice semi translucency, it’s not too bright and not too unimpressive. You can tie it in different colors. I also like tan/white and orange as a color combination very much.
This example fly is tied on a hook size 4, but you can also tie it in size 6 with shorter fibres, when you want to fish it slower and the Sea Trouts just nibble on the longer fibres.
I even got a variation with black hackles and hot orange trigger points for murky water… looks very cool, too!
Ok, let’s start the step by step with a list of the materials:
- Hook: Gamakatsu F314 #4
- Weight: Lead Wire or substitute
- Dubbing: Ice Dub Pearl, SLF Saltwater Dub White/Pearl
- Mouth Part: Mallard and SLF Dub Pink
- Hackles: Whiting Spey Hackle and a Grizzly Hackle stripped on one side
- Horn: Senyos Laser Dub Gray
- Antennas: Fluoro Fibre Pink
- Eyes: Mono Eyes selfmade
- Ribbing: Mono
- Thread: 50D GSP white and 70D Uni Fluo Pink
Put the hook into the vise and wind the lead wire arounf the shank. To secure the lead, you could use a little drop of super glue. Attach the thread and form with the Ice Dub a little tight dubbing ball at the end of the shank.
Tie in the Mallard and the pink SLF as „mouth parts“.
The first spey hackle should be tied in like shown. It’s easier to wind it around this way. Go back with your tying thread to the little bump and secure so the thin fragile stem of the spey hackle. For a little extra color, tie in some Fluoro Fibres in pink.
I like to tie in some extra long hackle fibres for the extra movement. If you think they are too long, just skip this tying step.
Split the thread and put some Ice Dub in the gap, then twist the bobbin and wind the dubbing around. After that, give the dubbing a brush with your velcro.
Now the eyes and the mono for ribbing should be tied in.
For the horn section, tie in the Laser dub and do a first turn with the white/pearl SLF Saltwater Dub.
Tie in the grizzly hackle which was stripped on one side and dub the body using the SLF Saltwater Dub. Wind the grizzly hackle to the eye and leave enough space for the final hackle. Secure the hackle by ribbing the body incl. the hackle with the mono and catch it with the tying thread. Don’t forget the ribbing! ;) At the end, give the body and the hackle a strong brush with your velcro. The mix of hackle and SLF looks really cool in the water.
Wind around the second spey hackle and again secure the stem with your thread. It doesn’t matter, when in looks a bit bulky.
Take some extra spey fibres and tie them on top as a back. Looks in the water like the shrimp shell and makes sure the fly will always swim straight.
Do a whip finish with the GSP thread and cut it of. Then do a nice head using the fluo pink thread as a trigger point. Varnish the head or use Bug Bond uv resin to get a nice, shiny head.
Der Loppo ist fertig! :) I wish you a lot of fun tying and fishing this fly!
My good friend André Miegies gave me once some really nice feathers, which were dyed by himself in some terrifc colors. If I remeber right, it was white ear pheasant. Beautiful feathers with very long soft fibres. I used two feathers for this shrimp pattern in the successful color pink. As antennas, I used crazy legs, which give the fly a little bit extra movement.
André is from the Netherlands, so it’s clear why I gave the fly this name…. ;-)
Here are the materials:
- Hook: Gamakatsu F314 #6
- Antenna: Crazy Legs two toned
- Horn: Senyos Laser Dub pink
- Ribbing: Mono
- Hackles: Spey Hackles made by André Miegies in Pink
- Body: Ice Dub Pearl
- Eyes: Mono Eyes made by Holger Lachmann