Au Sable King
A truly great pattern from the mid- 1900’s. The creator of this pattern is Mrs. Ann (Anne) Schweigert. Ann and her husband Jack owned and operated “Jack’s Fly Shop” in Roscommon, Michigan for many years. Both Ann and Jack became local legends in the art of fly tying.
- Hook: Mustad #94840 or #94833 Sizes: 10-16
- Thread: Black, 6/0
- Tail: Dark Ginger Hackle Fibers
- Body: Peacock Herl
- Wing: Grizzly Hackle Tips
- Hackle: Dark Ginger
Tie in a good base of thread to prevent material slippage.
Tie in the Dark Ginger tail fibers.
Tie in the Peacock Herl just in front of the tail, and then run your thread forward to the throat of the hook.
Wrap the herl and tie it off. The size of your hook will determine how many herls you’ll need to run the length of the hook.
Tie in your Grizzly Hackle Tip Wings, tied ‘tent style’ over the body.
Wrap your hackle and tie it off. Whip finish or tie the head. Add head cement and you’re finished!
This is really a tremendous pattern and a producer of many fish. It’s one of my all time favorites. I always carry a few in my fly box. In the larger sizes you should use the #94833. In the smaller sizes use the #94840. It is not a very durable fly --- after it’s been ‘slimed’ a couple of time, it’s not much good.
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