Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Yabby


Photos and Text by Steve Chatterton

Hook Mustard Aberdeen size 6
Thread 3/0 - 6/0 Olive
Weight Lead Wire (optional)
Sieves Black marabou
Eyes Melted monofilament (2cm long stalks)
Back Olive shrimp back or lacquered raffia
Head, thorax and body Zonker strip
Claw Zonker strip hide
Rib Copper wire

Over the years I have experimented with various Yabby Patterns and whilst some have looked great unfortunately they have all been “dogs” to fish or more correctly to cast. Generally rather than using them I have reverted to fishing a weighted woolly bugger instead. Well all that has now changed and I now have a Yabby in my fly box that I have confidence in. A friend of mine in Kalkite called Chris Milnes tied the original pattern. He uses it often and it seems to work well on larger fish. There were some problems with the pattern and I have ironed them out in this version. This Yabby is on the small side but partly because of that and the materials used it casts well and looks realistic in the water. Use it as an ambush fly when polaroiding or as a prospecting fly. Also works well dressed all in black and it would be useful to experiment with a saltwater version on stainless and dressed in say pink.

Tying Instructions

STEP ONE

a) Starting at the eye wind the thread to the bend of the hook.

b) Tie in a small bunch of black marabou as sieves extending a distance equal to the gape of the hook extending over the bend of the hook.

c) Use some of the Zonker fur to dub on a small round head directly behind the bend of the hook.

d) Tie the eyes on top of the hook directly behind the head using figure 8 wraps. Wrap the last third of the hook shank with lead wire.

 

STEP TWO

a) Crease the eyes at the hook shank and bend them forward.

b) Using some of the Zonker fur dub over the tie of the eyes so as to hold the eyes in position.

c) Tie one claw on each side of the hook shank – try to get the claws to sit below the eyes.

d) Tie in a length of copper wire behind the eyes and at the same time make sure that the claw is bound tightly along the full length of the hook shank..

 

STEP THREE

a) Put a thin layer of dubbing over the body of the fly.

b) Place the prepared olive shrimp back on top of the fly with the V section in front of  where the copper wire is tied in. Using the copper wire take  4 or 5 equally spaced wraps to secure the shrimp back to the top of the hook and to form 3 or 4 segments. Lift the tag end of the shrimp back and take two tight turns around the eye of the hook.

c) Pick up the thread and take several wraps of thread over the copper and whip finish and trim the thread.

d) Now carefully twist / break off the tag end of the copper wire. Trim the shrimp back just beyond the eye of the hood to form the tail.

 

STEP FOUR

a) Place the prepared olive shrimp back on top of the fly with the V section in front of  where the copper wire is tied in. Using the copper wire take  4 or 5 equally spaced wraps to secure the shrimp back to the top of the hook and to form 3 or 4 segments. Lift the tag end of the shrimp back and take two tight turns around the eye of the hook.

c) Pick up the thread and take several wraps of thread over the copper and whip finish and trim the thread.

d) Now carefully twist / break off the tag end of the copper wire. Trim the shrimp back just beyond the eye of the hood to form the tail.