Turk's Tarantula

March, 2012

                                  Fly Pattern:Turk's Tarantula

            Tyer's Name: Ken Campbell
            Date: March 6, 2012						    
    Fly Originator and History:  Guy Turk developed his Tarantula in 1990. George 
    Anderson used this fly to win the Jackson Hole One-Fly Contest that year and 
    it has since become one of the most popular attractor flies in the world.

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Floating line, tapered leader, 3x to 5x  tippet. 
    Depth: On the surface.
    Suggested retrieve:  Dead drift with an occasional twitch.
    Optional: Tie a dropper onto the fly. Substitute orange calf's tail for an 
	October Caddis attractor.

                                Fly Material
    Hook: #8 dry fly 1X long, Dai Riki #300.
    Thread: Tan 210 Denier Nylon (Danville Fly Master Plus 210)
    Weighted y/n : No.
    Tail: Lady Amherst feather, natural.
    Body: Polar Orange dubbing (Spirit River Bright Blend #LBB-090).
    Underwing: Calf's tail, white and 1 strand of Crystal Flash.  
    Wing:  Black tail deer hair.
    Legs. Rubber legs, tan
    Head: Spun deer hair. 

                                Tying Steps 
    1. Lay down a tight thread base, from about 1/3 of the way back from the eye 
    to the bend (just above the barb).  

    2. Tail. The tail should be about a hook shank's length. Tie in a Lady Amhurst 
    feather at the bend, wrapping the material back to the starting point. Cut of 
    the excess material.

    3. Body. Apply dubbing from the starting point to the bend, and then back to 
    the starting point.

    4. Select a small bundle of calf's tail and pull out the longer hairs, then 
    remove any under fur from the butt ends. 

    5. Underwing.  The  underwing should span from the starting point to the end 
    of the tail. Tie in the bundle of calf's tail just behind the starting point 
    (on top of the dubbing).  Secure the underwing with several tight wraps of thread.

    6. Take a strand of Crystal Flash and fold in into quarters. Tie in the flash 
    on top of the calf's tail, then trim the ends of the flash even with the calf's tail. 

    7. Trim the excess fibers at the front edge of the starting point. Note that 
    the first 1/3 of the shank is still bare.

    8. Wing. Select, clean and stack a small bundle of deer hair. When tying in the 
    wing, the tips of the wing fibers should be positioned between the bend of the 
    hook and the end of the tail. Tie in the deer hair just in front of the starting 
    point (on the bare portion of the hook), using tight wraps.

    9. Legs. Tie in a long strand of rubber leg material on each side of the wing. 
    Then continue applying a few more tight wraps. Then set the legs back behind 
    the fly to get them out of the way.

    10. The deer hair in front of the wing is flared.  Gather those fibers, draw 
    them forward over the eye, and trim them off even with the end of the eye. 
    Using your thumb and index finger, push the deer hair back towards the starting point.

    11. Add a few wraps of thread just in front of the flared hairs.

    12. Head. Select, and clean a bundle of deer hair. Trim off the tips of the hairs. 
    Lay the bundle on top of the hook, in front of the flared hairs in the previous step. 
    Spin the bundle onto the hook using tight wraps. Run the thread forward of the 
    flared hairs. Then, jam this spun bundle back making room for another bundle. 
    Add a few wraps of thread to secure the bundle.

    13. Repeat step 12 until the front 1/3 of the hook is solidly packed with spun hair. 

    14. Whip finish and glue.

    15. Using a pair of good, sharp scissors, trim the bottom of the head flat, 
    then trim the rest of the spun hairs  until you achieve a head that looks similar 
    to the photo at the top of this article.

    16. Legs. Trim the back legs even with the end of the tail. Trim the front legs 
    so that they will be about 1/4-inch in front of the eye.

          Rick Shadforth 03/18/12