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    Default Skwala Slow Stone SBS



    A triumph of alliteration. Original had a dubbed egg sac, but I like foam so much better.

    hook - Dai Riki 280 #10
    thread - UTC 140 hopper yellow
    egg sac - 2mm foam black
    feelers/antennae - rubber small black
    overbody - 2mm foam brown
    abdomen/thorax/head - Fly Rite quill gordon
    ribbing - tying thread
    wing - elk hair
    legs - butt ends of elk


    Part 1

    poke a hole in foam (1/2 gap width), slide on hook






    start thread, wrap back to bend; fold foam over, top and bottom, tie down and trim






    add feelers on either side of egg sac




    taper foam strip (not quite gap width) and tie in; Super Glue and tie down








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    Part 2


    dub thread, dub body, front-to-back






    pull foam overbody over body; tie down/create rib




    pull foam back, advance thread, pull foam down, create next segment and repeat till you're out of abdomen (75% mark); trim foam and cover with thread








    add antennae




    clean, stack and measure a clump of elk (a little past the bend)




    tie in and let the butts flare




    trim some of the butt fibers, leave a few on either side


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    Part 3

    more dubbing; in front and back of butts/legs






    half hitch x 2, SHHAN, trim feelers/antennae/legs



    dorsal



    ventral




    Regards,
    Scott

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    VERY nicely done, Scott. Do you also tie them in salmon fly sizes/colors? Just curious how well a size 4 would float.
    Thanks,
    Arnie

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    Arnie,

    Thanks. The one you're looking at is the first and only, so far. No reason you couldn't tie it as a salmonfly but, even with the foam egg sac and back, it's a bit of a low floater. Not a problem in the lower spring/pre-runoff flows when I hit the skwala hatch, but it may be a bit tough to see during salmonfly time; even tight to the bank, the water I fished during that hatch the past few years has been moving along at a good clip. I'll tie up a few in rusty tones just to see how they work, but I prefer the MCM, Rogue and Carnage for the big bug - lots of foam but they still lay in, not on the water, are pretty much unsinkable, visible, durable and they catch fish.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Great looking fly.

    Where do you get the 2 mm foam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjulian View Post
    Where do you get the 2 mm foam?
    Craft stores usually carry a good selection of colors; fly shops have it, but apply their typical mark-up. A sharp blade and steel straightedge cut it down to size; rotary paper cutters work pretty well, too, although I've had better luck cutting thin strips by hand.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Thank you!
    I never would have thought to use foam on the top like that.
    I'm going to try that trick on a mayfly dun pattern with some thin foam.

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