FOSAF NEWS - Fly of the month - The Salmo Taddy by Wayne Stegen


Material used:

Hook: #8 Hanak BL400 Jig

Thread: 6/0 Brown

Eyes: SM/M bead chain

Tail: Pine squirrel – Sculpin Olive

Flash: Chartreuse fluoro fiber

Base: Green wool

Body: Olive brown seal fur

Body wrap: French Tinsel SM

Stomach: Sheep wool / White Antron

The reasons for the use of the Hanak jig hook

1)  Long and barbless

2) Strong

3) Swims upside down with bead chain eyes and therefore hooks less weed and rock!

Start by building a base for the eyes but ensure that you only cover the first 10% of the hook.

Tie in the eyes onto the bend of the jig. Use head cement to ensure they are secure. Once completed whip finish it off and cut the thread.


Cut off a length of squirrel, double the length of the shank, ensuring you only cut the skin and not the fur.

With the fur pointing backward pierce it- skin first. Ensure you pierce it in the centre to avoid it tearing. Pull the strip forward to move it out the way. Wetting it helps split it and makes it easier to work with.

Attach the thread to the back end of the shank.

Bring the zonker strip backward and tie it in. Then tie in the fluoro fiber on either side of the tail

Tie in the French Tinsel 

Tie in the wool and build up a body.

Dub the body and tie in the tinsel with even segmentation

Flip the fly over for the next step…

Form a loop of antron which will be tied between the dubbing and the zonker strip.

Tie in just behind the eyes and apply head cement.

Using hackle pliers, grab hold of the zonker strip and pull it firmly over the Antron loop and tie in behind the eyes

Cut off the tag under the eyes and prepare to dub over the exposed cotton to finish off the head.

And there we have it, the completed Salmo Taddy in swimming position.



How to fish it.

You fish the fly near structure. In front of a rocky outcrop, near shallow or deep weed or in water <2m deep.

Retrieves that work range from dead slow figure of eight and large loopy figure of eights with intermittent pauses. 

It is a neutral density fly and therefore gets eaten on the drop a lot, ensure you watch your leader with a dry line and that you are in contact with your wet lines







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