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#1 MattB

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 08:46 PM

Here's an attempt at a step-by-step walkthrough of tying a Grocery Pollock. Let's hope I can get this worked out...

This is tied on a 4/0 Tiemco 811S with 3/0 Uni-thread in white.
Materials you'll need:
Saddle hackle- white(2) and pollock(2) colored(I got the 'pollock' colored stuff at Eldredge brothers, I have no idea what it's really called)
Bucktail- white, olive and pollock(see above)
Flashabou- freshwater pearl and copper
Calftail- red
French Tinsel
Emu feathers(2)
Peacock Herl (~15-20)
Eyes.
Zap-a-gap/Head Cement
Goop
Black Sharpie
Step 1:

Tie in the 2 white hackles, praying hands style. I tie them on top of the shank, it makes life much easier and is faster.

Step 2:

Tie in Pearl Flashabou along the hackles on each side, then wind the french tinsel up the shank, building up a small body.

Step 3:

Tie in a smallish clump of white bucktail on top of the shank, and another slightly larger clump on the bottom of the shank.

Continued...

#2 MattB

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 08:52 PM

Step 4:

Tie in the 'pollock' colored hackles. I don't really worry about orientation here- just slap 'em on there.

Step 5:

Tie in a fair sized clump of white bucktail under the shank, then tie in a small clump of pollock bucktail on top of the shank. Over the pollock, tie in a small clump of olive bucktail.

Step 6:

Tie in a few pieces of copper flashabou along each side of the shank. Tie in a red calftail throat under the shank. Last, tie in a large clump of peacock herl on top of the shank. I like a lot of peacock here.

Step 7:

Tie an emu feather along each side of the shank, then goop on some eyes. I used red epoxy eyes here, the original pattern calls for doll eyes. Use a black sharpie to color the top of the head, then zap-a-gap or cement the head.

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 08:55 PM

The finished fly:


The hackles tied in up front create a nice full body. I liked it enough that I tied up a BIG white deceiver in the same style:



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Posted 21 June 2005 - 09:02 PM

Matt, you keep tying flies like that and Jim might want you to tie for the shop. Simply awesome!

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 09:19 PM

They come out nice, but they take forever to tie. I could never tie commercially- I'd have to charge $20 a pop for flies like that.

After tying a couple of those pollock I can see why Eldredge Brothers charges $10 a pop for them- between labor and materials there can't be much profit in a fly like that.

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 04:06 AM

that is awsome,thanks



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Posted 22 June 2005 - 07:23 AM

Good job, I have been tying them for the shop a bit differently but those are just as good. They do take FOREVER to tie. Look good!!! : )

buckle up!

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:44 AM

That dont look so hard. I think I am going to give it a whirl! Wish me luck!

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:58 AM

Bryce, it's really not that technically difficulat at all, just time consuming.

Watch the head size though, especially if you're using the 3/0 uni. It gets big in a hurry and can quickly become a pain to deal with.

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 05:16 PM

Thats strange my girl friend likes a big head!tongue.gifbiggrin.gif[}: )]

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 09:41 AM

I did the fly, with different materials of cource but NICE! Easy... no really! all I need now is EYES

I need a job!

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Posted 17 July 2005 - 07:30 PM

My attempted at the Pollock fly.


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Lets see how it fishes.

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#13 Kimosabe

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 06:25 AM

Looks good Jason!



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Posted 19 July 2005 - 11:44 AM

Thanks for the invite,. New to this site. Plan to tie some of these. Don't know How I'm going to haul this big a fly oput there. Any suggestions for line types weights and rods for your shores. Thanks.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 11:54 AM

Flydoc, I usually throw this fly with a 10 weight and either a 400 grain sinking line or an 11 weight intermediate.

It's really not all that bad to cast.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:42 PM

It is when all you own are 8's and 9's. I've been meaning to get a 10 wt. guess nows the time.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:49 PM

Flydoc- far be it from me to stand between anyone and a new rod, but one of the guys I fish with regularly throws these flies with a 9 weight and 350 grain line. It can be done.

He's a better caster than I am, but with the different rod weights we have about the same range.

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:23 PM

Well just ordered a 10 wt TFO to add to my collection.
Planning a trip in August. Beginning to learn how to tie these flies.
Then I will take a practice run in the NY salt b/4 attacking the beaches every single AM of my planned vacation to Old Orchard Beach.
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Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:47 PM

Doc look me up when you arrive. OOB is my hometown. Lived here my entire life.

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 05:03 PM

Expect a call 8/15. I'm stayin at the sea cliff house/inn.
Reading up on the coast line. Tying larger clousers and once my Emu feathers arrive in the mail will tie some groceries.
Thanks for directing me to this forum.




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