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Never tie an improved clinch again.

The uni knot is versatile, easy to tie, and strong. Use it to tie on hooks or join two lines together with the double uni knot. Works great for tying dissimilar lines together or a leader to braid. For tying a braid backing to heavier mono or even a leader to braid the Red Phillips knot is faster and smaller.

Fly Pattern:   Soft Alewife


  • Hook:    Gamakatsu octopus (6) / Mustad streamer (8)
  • Thread:    Black UTC 140
  • Body:    Pearl Krystal Flash, Loon Hard Head
  • Hackle:    Red Saddle
  • Wing:    White marabou
  • other:    Overwing: Olive ostrich

Step 1:

Cut the hook point off the Mustad hook (optional) and secure it in the vise.  Start your thread and do a quick base over the hook shank. Snell a piece of 50 lb. PowerPro to the Gamakatsu hook and cut it off, leaving a 2" stub. Fold this stub over itself, align the octopus hook 1/2" from the rear of the vise hook and bind it down. I like to make three trips down the shank and back to really secure the PowerPro. You don't want it pulling out with a fish on!

Next, wrap 0.30 non-lead wire around the middle of the shank and bind it in with your thread. Add a few drops of head cement.


Step 2:

Cut a 4-5" section of pearl Krystal Flash and fold it over your thread, holding the Flash in one hand and the bobbin in the other. Wrap this in, spreading the Krystal Flash out as you do so. Carefully add a few drops of Loon Hard Head (nontoxic) and wait for it to set. This gives you a beautiful translucent body! The added stiffness also helps to keep the trailer hook from flipping and fouling.


Step 3:

Back your thread over the hump and onto the thick part of the fly. Tie in the tip of a white marabou feather and palmer it several times around the fly. Bind this in, and cut the rest of the feather off.


Step 4:

Add 4-6 featherettes of olive ostrich as an overwing, tie in, and move the thread forward, back onto the shank.


Step 5:

Finally, tie in a red saddle hackle. To make this fly even softer use a spey hackle, I don't have any on hand. Palmer this 3-4 times or until you reach the desired length, 1/4-1/3 of the length of the fly. Tie in, cut, whip finish and cement!


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