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Fly Tying: Jay Nicholas – the nice guy that helps you finish first

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Jay Nicholas, YouTube presenter (Oregon Fly Fishing Blog), is the unquestionable Mr. Rogers of fly fishing speak. However, he is an excellent detailer of the most significant steps when tying this universal fish ‘appealing tube fly’ that he calls the Sunrise Pink EP Tarantula Tube Fly.

EP Tarantula.

EP Tarantula.

The fly is yet another variation of the most famous 20th century fly pattern, the Woolly Bugger, along with Bob Clouser’s Deep Minnow and Lefty Kreh’s Deceiver.

The Woolly Bugger was created by Russell Blessing of Pennsylvania in 1967. It’s intent was to resemble a hellgrammite. It has become broadly acceptable to almost anything that swims in fresh water or saltwater. To fish, apparently, it is a bunch of delicious things; like Chinese food to humans.

This Sunrise Pink EP Tarantula has proved dynamite here in North Georgia’s coldwater rivers and warm water venues. It has also proven acceptable using a claret colored tail with dark yellow EP Tarantula. Various color combinations and sizes are almost limitless.

RECIPE: Sunrise Pink EP Tarantula Tube Fly. A Trout/Steelhead/Bass Woolly Bugger

Thread – Veevus 6/0 or 8/0 red
Hook – Daiichi Short Shank Straight Eye D1640 #4 to #8
Mandrel – Small Pro Sportfisher Flexi Needle
Tube – Small Classic Pro Sportfisher Tube, black or clear
Hook Guide – Pro Sportfisher small, clear, orange, or red
Tail – Hareline Hot Pink Wooly Bugger Marabou
Tail Flash – Krystal Flash Hot pink
Body – EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush, ½” width, pink/yellow
Bead – Hareline Tungsten Plumeting Bead 7/32

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