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Flat-Hackle Tinker Mackerel
by Dan Eng

Hook: 3/0 heavy wire hook (Tiemco 800s, Eagle Claw 254SS, Daiichi 2546)

Tail: Green grizzly saddle hackle over pale blue saddle hackle over pale olive saddle hackle over a touch of chartreuse bucktail over two strands each, double over of dark blue, olive, yellow, pink and silver Flashabou over white bucktail.

Body: Pearl Bodi-Braid with red marker gills.

Bottom Wing: White bucktail

Top Wing: Dark blue bucktail over dark olive bucktail.

Eyes: Yellow #3 Witchcraft

Tying Notes:

All saddle hackles are tied in flat, that is, on the horizontal and unlike a Deceiver which is tied on edge.

The flat-hackle tying technique works well for tying tinker mackerel. The barring on mackerel is imitated by the flat-tied green grizzly hackle. The flat hackle also gives the fly a wiggle during the retrieve.(Note: For more detail on the flat-tying technique, see J. Kenney Abrames' Striper Moon.)

Allow the Flashabou to extend at least one-half inch beyond the longest saddle hackle.

It's easier to position a whole saddle hackle by first making three loose wraps below the fluff and, by holding the tip and stem and moving it slightly forward, to align it to the top of the hook shank.

After you get the hackle in position, keep a finger on top of it while binding it down.

Position the eyes a little behind and above the head of the pattern. Coat with 30-minute epoxy to cover the eye and head only. A second coat may be required.

Whenever you're tying in bucktail, spread it around the hook shank to give the appearance of bulk, but retain the illusion of translucency at the same time.

You may be wondering why there's chartreuse bucktail in the middle of the fly -- Just a collar, single hair thick, gives the fly life and doesn't look bright at all.

Hot Tip: After the fly is completed and the epoxy has dried, run the fly under a hot water tap to blend and set the hairs in place. This tip was given to me by Kenney Abrames, and it works on just about every pattern that uses a blend of colors.








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