Bucktail - Bucktail - White - LargeThorax:
Flash - Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe - Pearl, whiteCollar:
Flex Hackle - Flex Hackle - White - 3/4 inchHead:
Fish Skull Fish Helmet - Fish Skull Helmet - Clear - 8.5Thread:
Thread - Veevus GSP - White - GSPHook:
Hook - Gamakatsu B10S - 1/0Eyes:
EYES - Fish Skull Living Eyes - Earth - 8.5
Recipe ByJay VerHelst
About the Whitey
My go to fly when targeting Smallmouth bass on the river in the spring. Bank busting and fast strips will get you aggressive takes. My preferred hook is a Gamakatsu B10S in 1/0. It gives it enough weight to slowly sink and stay level in the water. I do not add weight to this fly as I want it to be sub surface. White is always my color of choice for this fly in the spring. Add a little pearl Shimmer Fringe and you have a baitfish pattern that will get inhaled!
How to tie the Whitey
Step 1: Hook
Insert hook into vice and tie in thread. Wrap back to just above hook point
Step 2: Building the tail
Choose a small amount of buck tail and tie in above the hook point. Trim off excess.
Step 3: Flash
Select half a pencil width of Shimmer Fringe. Reverse tie it in where you last tied in the bucktail.
Step 4: Fold back
Fold the Fringe backwards over the buck tail and tie in. This creates body and flash.
Step 5: Repeat
Wrap the thread a few times towards the eye of the hook. Tie in more fringe and repeat steps 3 and 4 to create more body and bulk.
Step 6: Collar work
Tie in 3/4” Flex Hackle and then advance the thread forward to just behind the eye of the hook
Step 7: Palmer
Palmer Flex Hackle forward keep the tips pointed back towards the bend of the hook. Tie in behind the hook eye.
Step 8: Helmet
Trim Flex Hackle tag end and whip finish and cut thread tag end. Add 8.5 Fish Skull helmet and glue or UV resin in place
Step 9: Eyes
Glue in Fish Skull Living Eyes in size 8.5 to match the helmet