Potato Sack

March, 2009

                                    Fly Pattern: Potato Sack 

              Tyer's Name: Phil Huffman           Email: See roster
              Date: March 3, 2009                 Phone: See roster       

    Fly Originator and History: Phil Huffman. As always looking to find new materials, 
    albeit not organic at least it's recycling.

                                 How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with or without an indicator. 
    Depth: A couple of feet below the surface, or traditionally within 2-feet of 
    the bottom. Fishing tandem flies at different depths can find feeding depth 
    and color quicker.
    Suggested retrieve: Slow.If not using a "Bobber" keep the line tight. This 
    will be as fast as you need as a retrieve. Assume any movement in the line as 
    a take. A short strip set and slight lift will do.
    Comments: Takes can be very subtle. If you're not using an indicator, watch 
    closely for any line movement. Keep your line as tight as possible and learn 
    to set on instinct: Sometimes this seems to come with little indication of 
    line movement. If fishing is slow and your mind wanders, takes can be missed.

                                 Fly Material
    Hook: make /size / length: #14 Scud
    Thread: size / color /type:8/0 color of choice.
    Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: No.
    Tail material / size / color: None. 
    Body material /size /color: Thin strip of plastic from a potato sack. color 
    of choice. Usually brown black red or green.
    Ribbing size / color: Fine gold wire.
    Thorax size / color: Peacock herl if desired.
    Wing size / color: None. 
    Hackle size / color: None.
    Head size / color: Your choice: Gold bead, clear, silver, white, or...
    Other: Clear 'Hard As Nails'.

                                 Tying Steps

    1. Head. Slide a bead onto the hook.

    2. Thread base. Lay down a thread base from the bead to a point just above 
    the barb.

    3. Body. Tie in a strand of fine gold wire, and a strip of colored plastic. Then 
    wind the thread forward.

    4. Build up a slightly tapered body by winding the plastic material fore and 
    aft, stretching it as you go. Tie off the plastic just behind the bead.

    5. Create a segmented look by wrapping the gold wire forward. About 3 or 4 
    wraps will do. Tie off the gold wire just behind the bead.
    6. Fill the gap between the body and the bead with thread, or tie in a strand
    of peacock herl.
    7. Whip finish and coat the plastic surface with clear 'Hard As Nails'.

           Phil Huffman 03/17/09