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Bush Back

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This pattern is an adaption of the famed Crackleback and is used primarily for catching Smallmouth and Blue Gill. The adaption was made by a member of the Ozark Fly Fishers, St. Louis, Missouri - Bill Hale.

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Hook:Debarbed Dai-Riki 300 size 12 or equivalent
Thread:Fluorescent orange or red 8/0 Uni-thread (also, olive or black). The thread will also act as the underbody color. When the yarn body or dubbing is wet, the fly turns a pinkish color.
Body:Light yellow two strand acrylic punch embroidery yarn named Perfect Punch, Lemonade color. Pale yellow dubbing may also be used. The idea is to let the underbody bleed.
Hackle:Metz #2 Furnace saddle tied twice the size of the hook gap (helps when fishing lilly pads.)
Tail:Lemon wood duck flank feathers with pearl crystal flash sandwiched in between.
Back:Peacock herl 3 - 5 strands on a size 12 hook
Lead:12 wraps of .020 lead

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Tying Instructions

  1. Debarb the hook
  2. 12 wraps of .020 lead (the lead is positioned towards the back of the hook allowing enough room for tying in the tail)
  3. Attach thread at hook eye and wrap over the lead locking it in place paying attention to covering the lead on teh belly of the fly. Move thread to above the barb.
  4. Tie about 6 wood duck fibers about half the shank length for a tail, followed by 4 strands of crystal flash (slightly shorter). Top this with 6 more wood duck fibers.
  5. Tie in the hackle by the butt end, dull side facing you. Move the thread to the eye.
  6. Tie in the peacock herl keeping it on top of the hook. Wrap back, then forward again to the eye.
  7. Tie in the yarn in the same manner as the herl and move the thread to the eye. Wrap yarn around the hook shank in consecutive turns to the eye or dub from the back forward.
  8. Pull the peacock herl tight over the top of the fly. Tie off, half hitch and trim. (Fish have abrasive mouths, patches or just plain teeth. This gives them less to tear up when pulled tight.)
  9. Palmer the hackle forward in 3 - 5 wraps. Tie off and trim. The first turn, which doesn't count, is on the tie in point.
  10. Form a small tapered head and whip finish. A touch of cement at the tie in point at the tail seems to help keep the herl and hackle from coming apart. When adding cement to the head, follow the same procedure. If the fly is going to come apart (after catching so many fish), this is where it would likely happen.

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