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TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? Star Wars inspired fly pattern

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The guys at FFOTW created a Star Wars themed fly swap. Here is my entry, the TK-421.  TK-421 is the most famous of all the Stormtroopers.

Hook: Size 14 Wet Fly (Mustad 9671)
Thread: White 6/0
Body: 4 white glass beads, size 11/0 (craft store)
Thorax: Sparkle Dubbing, polar bear color (from Blue Ribbon Flies)
Hackle: Partridge soft-hackle

Start with putting the beads on the hook.

Start the thread behind the beads and build a bump at the bend. (and trim the thread better than I did here)  After creating the bump, tie off the thread with a whip finish.

Add a drop of zap-a-gap to the thread bump, slide the beads backwards so they butt against the bump (and the rear bead gets a little zap-a-gap).  Then, restart the tread in front of the bead body.

Secure the hackle to the shank, then dub a shaggy thorax

After completing the dubbed thorax, wind the hackle 1.5 to 2 wraps.  Tie off and trim the hackle.

Complete the fly by sweeping the hackle backwards, form a head, whip finish, then cement.

Tags: Fly Tying

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TK 421 // Jun 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

    what the fuck?
    i just wanted star wars.

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