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Craven's Flashback Jujubaetis


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step: 1
Pattern Description
The Flashback Jujubaetis is a natural off-shoot of the Jujubee Midge. I came up with this pattern after theorizing that fish were taking my darker Jujubee Midges as baetis nymphs. All I really did was add a tail to the existing pattern to start but have more recently added a strip of mylar across the back of the wingcase for the flashback. I believe that this flash helps the pattern stand out a little and makes it more attractive to the fish. I fish the Jujubaetis as a nymph along the bottom mostly, but have used it up top behind a dry fly with no weight on the leader with a fair bit of success as well. This pattern is really easy and quick to tie and will fill up the box pretty quick. Crank a few out so you have a different look to show them next time you're out.
Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 2488, #16-22 Thread: White 10/0 for abdomen, Black 10/0 for thorax Tail: Brown Hungarian Partridge Fibers Abdomen: Two strands of brown Super Hair and one strand of black Super Hair. All three are wrapped at the same time. Flashback: Pearl Fire-Fly wingcase: Grey Flouro-Fiber Thorax: Black tying thread Legs/Emergent wings: Leftover butts ofFflouro-Fiber wingcase
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Attach the white 10/0 tying thread and wrap a single layer thread base back about a third of the way down the bend. charlie's flybox
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step: 3
Select a brown Hungarian Partridge shoulder feather and preen a few fibers from the side. charlie's flybox
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step: 4
Peel the Hun fibers from the quill and measure them against the hook. These fibers will form the tail and should be equal to one half to two thirds of a shank length. charlie's flybox
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Tie the Hun fibers in at the back of the thread base. Wrap forward over the butts. charlie's flybox
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C ontinue wrapping over the butts up to about two eye lengths back from the hook eye. Cut the remaining butt ends off at this point. charlie's flybox
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Even the ends of two brown and one black strands of Super Hair and tie them in at the front of the thread base. charlie's flybox
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Pull the Super Hair back so the butt ends are flush with the hook. Begin wrapping the thread back over the Super Hair toward the bend. charlie's flybox
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Wrap over the Super Hair all the way back to the base of the tail with the tying thread. Return the thread to the front of the thread base, but build a slightly tapered thread underbody as you travel. charlie's flybox
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Tapered thread underbody. charlie's flybox
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Wrap all three strands of the Super Hair forward at the same time. You do not want to twist the fibers or allow any overlap. The strands should lie one next to the other, smoothly up to the end of the thread base. Tie the Super Hair off with a couple tight wraps of thread. charlie's flybox
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step: 12
Clip the excess Super Hair and whip finish the white thread. charlie's flybox
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step: 13
Start the black tying thread at the front of the hook and overlap slightly onto the abdomen. charlie's flybox
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Tie in a single strand of Fire-Fly flash on top of the abdomen. Wrap back over the flash to the sixty percent point. charlie's flybox
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Tie in twelve to fifteen strands of grey Flouro-Fiber at the index point and wrap back over them to the sixty percent point. charlie's flybox
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Be sure to keep the Flouro-Fiber wingcase centered on the top of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Build an elongated oval shaped thorax with the black tying thread. Be sure to leave the last eye length of space before the hook eye bare of thread though. charlie's flybox
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Pull the Flouro-Fiber strands forward over the top of the thread thorax. charlie's flybox
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Tie the Flouro-Fiber down at the back of the index point with two turns of thread. charlie's flybox
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step: 20
Pull the Fire-Fly flash over the top of the Flouro-Fiber wingcase and tie it down as well. charlie's flybox
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step: 21
Pull the long end of the flash back again toward the bend and tie it down once more. This step will make the flashback much more durable and prevent it from pulling out later. charlie's flybox
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step: 22
Clip the flash off flush against the hook. Divide the remaining butt ends of the Flouro-Fiber into two equal groups. I roll each group in my fingertips slightly to keep them bunched together. charlie's flybox
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Pull the clump of Flouro-Fiber that is on the far side of the hook back along the far side and bind it in place with a couple tight turns of thread. charlie's flybox
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Pull the other clump of Flouro-Fiber back along the near side and bind it down as well. charlie's flybox
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Build a smooth thread head to cover the tie down area and whip finish the thread. Clip the thread. charlie's flybox
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step: 26
Trim the Flouro-Finber legs so they are the same length as the wingcase. I usually just pull them both back in one hand and trim them with the other. Make sure to cut straight across so the legs are equal in length on both sides. charlie's flybox
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Top view. Note that the flash strip on this fly is not centered and thus makes the fly completley unfishable...NOT. But it will drive me nuts. I'm gonna go tie another one. Charlie charlie's flybox
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