Warmwater Fly of the month: June, 2002 - The "Special"

Tying the "Special"


The "Special" is a simple but very effective pattern that was developed by Dave Matsumura. Dave was a form President of Cornhusker Fly Fishers but since about 1994 he has taken a position as a pastor in a church in Omaha, Nebraska. This has taken most of his time. I see Dave at some of the club's annual events. The pattern is a basic pattern that is used in fly tying classes in both Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Because of it's size (14-1/0) you can catch a variety of species with the pattern. When I get a chance to go to Omaha, I hope to spot by a chat with Dave and get more information about the development of the pattern and a nice picture of Dave. I believe that you will find the pattern easy to tie and to fish.


Hook: Size 14-1/0 3x long
Thread: Color to match the hackle
Tail: Marabou and krystal flash
Hackle: Hen or Rooster
Body: Chenille
Eyes: Bead chain
Legs: Rubber

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Step 1: Attached the thread just behind the eye of the hook. Then, wrap back along the shank to right before the bend of the hook.

Step 2: Use about four strans of krystal flash. Loop the krystal flash and then fold the strans evenly on your scissors, and do this until you have about two hook stanks of krystal flash left.

Step 3: Loop the krystal flash around the thread and tie the material at the bend of the hook.

Step 4: The tail is a clump of marabou about the length of the shank of the hook. Tie the tail on the shank of the hook just above the barb.

Step 5: Tie in your hackle by tying in the tip of the hackle first. DO NOT strip off the fluff of the hackle.and work your thread forward to approximately 3/8 of an inch from the eye of the hook.

Step 4: Tie in a piece of medium chenille and wrap your thread to about an eye length of the eye of the hook.

Step 5: Tie the bead chain eyes on the top of the hook shank about one eye length back. Tie the eyes on the hook with crisscross winding. You may use Zap-A-Gap CA+ glue to more securely adhere the beaded eyes to the hook.Then rap the medium chenille foward to where you firsted tied in the chenille. Take about 2-3 wraps to secure the chenille and the cut off the excess.

Step 6: Then wrap the chenille foward to right before the bead chain eyes. Leave a little bit space between the chenille and the eyes.

Step 7: Wind the hackle forward to right before the eyes.

Step 8: Leave a little bit space between the hackle and the eyes. Secure the hackle BUT DO NOT trim the hackle yet. right in front of the chenille.Take a strip of rubber hackle and tie it to the side of the hook closest to you.

Step 9: Take a strip of three rubber legs and tie them right behind the eyes.

Step 10: With a pair of hackle pliers wrap the remained hackle (this should be the fluff part of the feather) forward around the eye and tie down in front of the eyes.

Step 11: Bring the chenille through the eyes and tie down inforn of the eyes. Whip finish and cement.

Step 12: If you tied the legs in as on piece, make sure that your hook is firmly in the vise. Pull down on the legs and the cutting slowly, the individual rubber legs will separate.

Step 13: The finished product. Now you can let your imagination take over and use a variety of colors and sizes.