The Yard Sale is a spin off of a fly I tie called the Fur Trader. It is tied in a similar fashion (stacking materials), but it was inspired by my daughter. She is a big fan of visiting fly shops, and has been since she was old enough to walk and talk. It is not uncommon for me to allow her to pick out a material. One day she decided to pick Flash n’ Slinky, in pink of course. I really hadn’t played with synthetic materials a lot at this point. We got home and she wanted me to tie a fly. I had a Fur Trader sitting on my desk, and decided to tie off that concept. It resulted in a lighter, more durable version. It also requires less material. A little F n’ S goes a long way.
I normally tie this fly in the 7-8″ range for trout and bass, and up to 14″ for muskie. It can also be easily tied in smaller sizes if you so choose. F n’ S comes in a wide variety of colors, so it allows for numerous color combinations. In an effort to not waste materials, I tie in the F n’ S at the length I want it, then trim behind the thread wraps. Again, a little goes a long way. What you see with F n’ S dry, is how it will look in the water. Keep that in mind when considering the width of the fly and what you are trying to imitate.
Hook: Front- Daiichi 2461 3/0 Rear- Daiichi 2461 2/0
Tail: 4 Schlappen Feathers (2 on each side with natural curve facing out)
Body: Flash n’ Slinky and Holographic Flash
Wing: Craft Fur
Head: Deer Hair on smaller versions, Craft Fur on the larger versions
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