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The Simroe Special



by Jaiem Fleischmann

This fly is named in honor of master rod builder Ted Simroe. Ted and the legendary Lefty Kreh developed it years ago for stripers and albacore. It is basically a streamer pattern. As with most streamers, it is easy to cast, matches small- and medium-size baits well, and is very durable, even with toothy critters such as bluefish. I used this pattern last fall at Montauk and the stripers loved it! The pattern can be tied in an almost infinite combination of colors, such as tan/white, green/chartreuse, olive/white, sea foam green/white, purple/lavender and yellow/white.

Materials

  • Hook -- Mustad 34007SS size 1/0
  • Tail -- White bucktail
  • Wing -- White bucktail, red bucktail, blue bucktail
  • Body -- Silver tinsel or Mylar; Thin, clear braided mono
  • Flash -- Silver tinsel (or equivalent), red and blue Krystal Flash
  • Thread - White
  • Eyes - Silver/Black stick on size 2
  • Misc. - Head cement, 5-minute epoxy

Steps

1. Place hook in vise and attach thread to rear of shank.

2. Cut a spare clump of white bucktail and attach it to the rear of the hook.

3. Attach a 6-inch piece of silver tinsel to the rear of the hook on top of the bucktail.

4. Attach a 6-inch piece of braided mono to the rear of the hook on top of the bucktail.

5. Wrap forward on the shank of the hook with the silver tinsel. Use as many wraps as necessary to completely cover the shank. Secure the tinsel to the front of the hook behind the eye.

6. Carefully wrap the braided mono forward so as to completely cover the tinsel body. Use only one layer of mono. Be sure there are no gaps between the turns. Secure the mono to the front of the hook behind the eye.

7. Coat the braided mono generously with clear head cement. The mono will take on a translucent appearance when the cement dries.

8. After the cement has dried, cut a sparse piece of white bucktail and attach it as a wing to the front of the hook behind the eye. Let it flow back over the top of the hook.

9. Cut a sparse piece of red bucktail and attach it as a second wing to the front of the hook behind the eye. Lay the red bucktail over the white bucktail wing.

10. Tie four or five strands of red Krystal Flash over the red wing.

11. Cut a sparse piece of blue bucktail and attach it as a third wing to the front of the hook behind the eye. Lay the blue bucktail over the red bucktail wing.

12. Tie four or five strands of blue Krystal Flash over the blue wing.

13. Whip finish the head and seal with head cement.

14. Attach a stick-on eye to either side of the head.

15. Coat the head with 5-minute epoxy and allow to dry.

Jaiem Fleischmann is a professional tier whose patterns are available through his unique fly rodders' Internet website -- www.artsnflies.com -- that also includes original angling art and books.

 




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