Tying Tutorial – Barely Legal Style Fly

Spring is coming! That means White bass will be running up the rivers to spawn all across the Midwest. It is a very fun time of year to catch a bunch of fish in a short time!

One of my favorite flies to fish for White bass, Hybrid bass and I’m sure it would work on Stripers too, is a version of Galloup’s Barely Legal. I’ll show you how to tie this effective fly.

This fly only requires a few materials. Chenille, marabou, and a Fish-Skull from Flymen Fishing Company. For White bass I like to tie this fly with a size 8 rear hook and a 6 front hook. This can be adjusted to the size of fish your trying to catch.

First put down a thread base on your rear hook.

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Next tie in a shank length tail of marabou.

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Tie in the chenille. I am tying an all white version with medium pearl chenille.

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Wrap the chenille up the hook 3 or 4 turns. Tie off the chenille but do not trim it off.

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Next tie in short pieces of marabou on the top and bottom of the hook. This is where your taper of the body will start, so start short.

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Now repeat this process until your get to the eye of the hook. Each section of marabou should be a little longer as you mover forward to help create the tapered look of the fly. End with marabou close to the hook eye. Try not to crowed the eye like I did. Tie off your thread and add some head cement.

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Your now done with the tail section. Next take your front hook and lay down a thread base, next take some articulation wire or Power Pro braid is what I am using and tie one end down.

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Sorry about the poor focus! Next thread on 2 beads. I used 4mm since this is a smaller fly. Thread the line through your tail section hook eye and back through the beads.

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Tie down the articulation line or wire down well, coat with superglue and let dry for a short time. End with your thread near the barb of the hook.

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Next tie in a small amount of marabou so it just lightly covers the beads.

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Tie in the chenille and repeat the process of 3 or 4 wraps and then marabou. Make sure that each section of marabou is slightly longer than the last to help create the taper of the fly. I also use fuller marabou plumes in the front section.

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This is what you should end up with for the front section. It is tied exactly like the rear section only leave a little more room at the eye. Make a nice smooth head with your thread,tie off and cut the thread.

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Next comes one of my favorite products to use. The Flymen Fishing Company Fish-Skull. I use the small size for this fly. It adds the perfect amount of weight and keeps the fly swimming correctly.

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To attach the Fish-Skull put a small amount of superglue on the thread head that you created and slip the Fish-Skull over the hook eye.

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The marabou will be sticking out the slots in the top and bottom of the Fish-Skull. I like to add a small thread dam between the Skull and the hook eye just to make sure everything stays in place.

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And just like that, your done! It’s ready to fish!

This fly works for trout and all species of bass as well, so tie up a few and experiment with colors and throw in some rubber legs too if you want. I think you’ll like the results.

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