Pinky's Revenge Tutorial
This is a step by step tutorial of one of my favorite patterns to swing for steelhead called "Pinky's Revenge". It is a variant of the "Bad Hair Day" pattern developed by Wisconsin fly fishing guide and swung fly guru Dave Pinczkowski. I love this pattern for a variety of reasons, but mostly because the materials are inexpensive, it can be tied to mimic anything from baitfish to lampreys as well as the fact it has a ton of movement in the fly, even when the fly is not being moved by the angler. This particular variant is exceptionally fishy here in West Michigan during the Fall.
1) Begin with a cheap hook you don't mind cutting, we are only using this hook for the shank, so while we want it to be durable, it does not need to be an expensive hook. I use the Mustad R75S-9674 in size 4 simply because I bought a whole bunch of them years ago for cheap. Insert the hook into the vise and put down a base layer of Vevus G.S.P. thread.
2) Install a loop of 30 pound Fireline Crystal on to the shank of the hook, wrap it very tight with the G.S.P. thread and then double over the Fireline and wrap it very tight once more to lock it in.
3) Apply a liberal amount of glue over the doubled over portion of Fireline, then wrap lead over that to add weight to the fly, the glue will also lock the lead into place.
4) Twist UV Black Ice Dubbing on to your thread and cover the lead wrapped portion of the shank.
5) Take Black Craft Fur and tie it in facing forward, do this twice, one clump on the top and one clump on the bottom. Be sure to remove as much underfur as possible, leaving just the longer fibers, this creates a sparser fly that has more translucency and movement.
6) Fold the Craft Fur back and make a few turns with your thread to lock everything in place.
7) Tie in two more clumps of Black Craft Fur as you did before.
8) Fold back these last two clumps of Black Craft Fur and make several turns with your thread as tight as possible to lock everything in really well.
9) Tie in a decent amount of Black Rainbow Polar Flash, double it over the back of the fly and be sure to really lock it in with plenty of thread wraps.
10) Add some UV Hot Orange Ice Dubbing for the base of the head of the fly.
11) Add a layer of UV Pink Ice Dubbing over the top of the Orange Ice Dubbing, whip finish and clip your thread. Then clip the excess hook shank off where your Fireline loop begins and fish the fly like you stole it!