Midnight Euphausiid

Overview

Hook:

Daiichi 2546: Size 6-8

Thread:

6White 6/0. Head is GITD (Glow in the dark) 3/0 thread

Eyes

Small black beadchain eyes

Tail:

Long fibers 2-4 strands of Spirit River White GITD Mylar Motion. Mid fibers White GITD flashabou. Short Hareline Saltwater Krystal Flash pearl

Body:

White GITD flashabou spun together, with GITD Lagartun Head Cement over the back

Wingcase:

White GITD flashabou

Thorax:

GITD Polyyarn dubbed and picked out

Throat:

White GITD flashabou

Antenna:

Two strands of Hareline Saltwater Krystal Flash pearl

Notes:

I developed this pattern after encountering a group resident coho keyed in on euphausiids while night fishing on the Puget Sound. While originally this pattern was developed for night fishing, it quickly proved its use during the day and the little bit of glow gives the fly the ability to stand out when fished among thousands of naturals.

Tying Instruction

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Step 1: Start the thread about 10% of the shank length behind the eye of the hook and tie in a set of bead chain eyes using a series of figure eight wraps..

Step 2: Wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook and tie in two to four strands of White Spirit River GITD Mylar Motion. The fibers should extend a little over a shank length behind the bend of the hook. This material is relatively stiff and straight and makes great profile for the longest part of the tail. Tie the excess forward to the middle of the shank and cut it off.

Step 3:Wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook again and tie in eight to ten strands of White GITD flashabou extending out to about 2/3 of the length of the Spirit River material. Tie the material down to just behind the eyes and trim the excess.

Step 4: This time wrap the thread back to just behind the bend of the hook, tightly securing the previously tied in materials. Tie in 8-10 strands of pearl Hareline saltwater Krystal Flash. These should extend about 1/3 of length of the Spirit River material behind the bend. Tie the excess down to just beind the eyes and trim the excess.

Step 5: Cut eight to ten full strands of White GITD flashabou and tie them down starting just behind the eyes and wrapping back to the tail material. This material will form the body. Wrap the thread back to behind the eyes. Twist the flashabou fibers together so that they form a rope and wrap them forward to just behind the eye. Tie flashabou off and trim the excess, but save it for the next step.

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Step 6: Tie in the remaining flashabou towards the bend of the hook. Wrap back to about 10% of a shank length behind the bead chain eyes. This will form the "wing case".

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Step 7: Cut some 3/4 inch pieces of GITD Poly yarn and mix the together. Spin the poly yarn on to the thread as you would dubbing and dub around the eyes using a series of figure eights. Make sure you have enough room left between the eye of the hook and the dubbing to tie in some more materials. 5% of a shank length should do.

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Step 8: Tie in six to eight strands of White GITD Flashabou for the throat. They should be about as long as the width of the bend of the hook.

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Step 9: Tie in two stands of Hareline Saltwater Krystal flash for the antenna. Though sould be just over a shank legth long.

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Step 10: Pull the flashabou for the "wing case" over the dubbing, making sure that it is tight and tie it down. Trim the excess flashabou and tie the thread off. Do few wraps with the 3/0 glow in the dark thread over the head and tie it off. Coat the head with head cement.

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Step 11: Coat the back of the flashabou body with Lagartun GITD head cement. This stuff has a stronger glow and will really stand out. Allow some time for this to dry.

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Step 12: Turn out the lights and admire....

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