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A Little About Dave Londeree
I was introduced to Fly fishing at a fairly early age by my dad and by my Scoutmaster Mr. E.G. Freeman. We lived in San Francisco so it was always an adventure to go camping, hunting and fishing. I still have my dad’s bamboo rod (hanging on the wall) and have fished it from time to time. We almost always used “store bought” flies. Mr. Freemen did teach us to tie a few flies and they did catch fish. About the age of 12 or 13, I got my first fly tying vice from Herders catalog and using a few scraps of deer hair and thread from my mother’s sewing kit, I tied my first flies. Somewhat crude, but as I was told, “ugly flies catch fish too”. They did, but seemed to come apart after a fish or two. Later I was able to afford more and better material the flies got a little better. Then came a full-time job, a wife and children. Fly fishing stopped for a very long time.
In 1993 I was transferred to North Idaho and was able to start fly fishing again. I was visiting one of our local fly shops and was told about the North Idaho Fly Casters club in Coeur d’Alene. There I met some really great folks and was reintroduced to the sport I enjoyed in my youth. I took a Beginning Fly Tying class from Mr. Erik Schubert, the club’s instructor, and really learned a lot. He was able to undo many of my bad habits. Jim Rogers and Bob Clark, to name a few are good to watch and learn from. The Fly Fishers International has been a great help to me. By watching some of the “Masters” at work, you really learn the techniques and tricks to tying some really great flies. At the FFI’s Fly Fishing Fairs there are some “World Class” Fly Tyers that are always ready to show you how to tie some of the most beautiful flies.
If you want to tie better flies, take some lessons, and tie, tie, tie. You will get better. In this age of the internet, there are thousands of videos you can watch with step-by-step directions. The FFI’s Learning Center has some of the best. Go ahead and tie a fly. Tie it on and cast it out. You won’t how good it feels to catch a fish with a fly that you tied until you do.
- Dave Londeree
Hook: Scud hook Dai Riki 135 #2
Bead: 3/16” brass cyclops
Under Body: .020 lead free wire
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Black Marabou
Body: Black Chenille
Collar: Black Ostridge Herl
Picture: by Nancy Whitt
Mash the barb flat and put the bead on the hook with the small hole first.
Mount the hook in the vise and push the bead to the hook eye.
Wrap the .020 lead free wire about 10 times on the hook shank and push it into the large hole of the bead, this will center the bead behind the hook eye.
Start the thread behind the wire and form a thread dam and bind down the wire.
Pull barbules of the marabou. Hold a hook shaft length out from the bend of the hook and tie it down on top of the hook shank.
Strip about a ¼” of the chenille exposing the inner thread and tie it to the hook. Wrap the Chanelle in tight wraps to about a little than a bead length from the bead.
Pull a few strands of Ostridge herl from the floom. Tie them to the hook just in front of the body chenille and wrap it to the bead to form the collar. Tie the herl down and snip the excess.
Whip finish behind the bead and add a drop of head cement.
Several years I was Steelhead fishing on the Grand Ronde River. There I met a gentleman by the name of “Mo”. (Maurice McGuckin a legend on Idaho rivers), we talked a bit and he gave me a fly tied by him THE BLACK MOMBA. I have seen other flies some without the bead and some with rubber legs, up to you to modify if you want. I tied it on and added an indicator and if a few minutes BAM a nice steelhead. I caught two more steelhead that day thanks to Mo.