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: Steelhead Fly of the week Ė Jacobís Coat

11-15-2006, 02:52 PM
If youíre like me you probably have a large amount of left over scraps of fly tying materials on your bench that you just canít bare to part with. Who knows? You just might find a use for them at some point. Alec Jackson, of Kenmore, Washington invented this fly with just those scraps in mind. He took all the left over pieces of herl he had on his bench and used them to create this fly. It is considered to be a good summer and early fall greased line fly.

Hook: Up eye Atlantic salmon hook
Tail: Fine deer body hair.
Body: Mix of peacock herl and different colored ostrich herls twisted together with fine oval gold tinsel.
Collar: Mixed red and Yellow cock.
Head: Fluorescent red.

11-15-2006, 06:12 PM

This fly was tied by Alec simply to use up the scrap bits of ostrich and peacock herl he had sitting around. And as you said, he doesn't do anything more than put together 4 or more different colors with his oval tinsel method of producing a "chenile" out of herl for the body. Most of the time he uses the yellow and red hackle; but he will use other colors of hackle from time to time. He told me he got the name from Jacob's coat of many colors from the book of Genesis of the Bible.

For those not familiar with Alec's ostrich herl and oval tinsel "chenile" method, here is Alec's herl/oval tinsel chenile instructions:

1) tie in several strands of ostrich or peacock herl on the bottom of the hook; 2) tie in fine or small oval tinsel also on the bottom of the hook right where the ostrich has been tied in(usually silver; but gold might be used depending on the body color); 3) run the thread up the hook; 4) take a rubber jawed hackle plier (it must be rubber jawed or the technique will not work due to a metal jaw not allowing any give as the chenile is formed) use it to hold all the ostrich/peacock herls and the oval tinsel; 5) then with a dubbing hook twist the ostrich/peacock and oval tinsel until it forms a chenile (you will know when it is done because the herl will stand out and look like chenile); 6) wrap this chenile as the body; 7) tie off the herl/oval tinsel chenile as it starts moving up onto the hook return.

Does his herl chenile work any bettery than regular ordinary pre-made rayon chenile, nope; but as Alec say's, "It sure looks nicer. And it keeps one out of dank bars".

Also, Alec hates regular rayon chenile with a passion, which is why he developed his method of creating it.

11-15-2006, 09:52 PM
Good God, Charlie,

Tie this one on your Christmas Tree!

May I be the first to wish you a Joyeaux Noel,


Kris Kringel

11-16-2006, 09:16 AM

Thanks for the tutorial on creating the herl chenile body. Some good tips.

But I do need to ask, whatís wrong with dank bars? Some of my favorite places are dank bars. :hihi:


I donít want to tell you what a friend said about that fly. Not for polite company! :whoa:


11-17-2006, 01:29 AM

Regarding dank bars, Alec told me it had something to do with healthy livers along with domestic tranquility and using the money not spent in said dank bars to buy more fly tying supplies (or rods in a pinch).