Johnson's Squid

July, 2009

                                  Fly Pattern: Johnson's Squid

                     Tier's Name: Don Johnson   
                     Date: June 30, 2009 

    Fly Originator and History: Don Johnson tied this Squid pattern at the Gardner 
    fly shop in 2003 for sea run cutthroat for the east end. This pattern could 
    also be used for silver salmon.

                        How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Floating line.
    Depth range: About 2'- 6.'
    Suggested retrieve: Slow tugs with pauses.
    Comments: The Squid is apparently a favorite food for sea run cutthroat.

                        Fly Material
    Hook: TMC 730 Size 8 for cutts and TMC 800 S, size 6, for silvers (or equivalent). 
    Use saltwater hooks when fishing in saltwater. 
    Thread: size / color / type; Black: 6.0. 
    Weighted? y/n: No.
    Tail material / size / color: Chartreuse Krystal Flash.
    Body material / size/ color: Arizona Semi Seal Dubbing #55.
    Ribbing size / color: None.
    Thorax size / color: Same as body.  
    Wing size / color: None.
    Hackle size / color: Chinese Saddle Hackle Chartreuse.
    Head size / color: Black thread head, 6.0.
    Eyes: Medium sized black Mono Eyes.

                        Tying Steps
    1. Form a medium size thread base on the shank and glue.

    2. Tie on about a dozen strands of Krystal flash on the hook shank with the 
    Krystal Flash extending about 4 times beyondthe body length. Trim off the flash 
    to leave about 1 1/2 times the shank length except for two strands on opposite 
    sides of the hook.

    3. Tie on the mono eyes on the shank at a point just past the point of the hook.

    4. Make a dubbing loop and wrap the thread forward to a point at just behind 
    the thread head. Chop up dubbing to make shorter fibers and insert into the 
    loop  Twist the  dubbing loop  to form a sparse rope and trim. Wrap the dubbing 
    loop forward to a point at the back  of the head to foran oval shaped body, 
    tie off and trim excess.

    5. Strip off half of a hackle feather. Tie on the hackle and make two to three 
    hackle wraps, tie off, and trim excess.

    6. Wrap on a small thread head with 1 to 2 wraps over the hackle base to allow 
    the hackle to slope backward at a 45 degree angle.

                    Erik Simpson, 7.04.09