FLY TYER'S BENCH


Rod Pabst's Go To Summer Steelhead Fly - Mack's Canyon




                        Fly Pattern: Mack's Canyon

            Tyer's Name: Rod Pabst
            Date: October 3, 2016

    Fly Originator and History: The Mack's (or Max) Canyon fly was originated by 
    Doug Stewart in the 1970's. Originally, the name was spelled as "Max" to divert 
    attention away from the Deschutes Mack's Canyon area. 
 
    Suggested line and leader: This is a summer steelhead fly, so try using a Scandi 
    line with a tapered leader.
    Suggested retrieve: Traditional wet fly swing.
    Depth: 
    Comments: Make sure you have an Undertaker, a Green Butt Skunk , and the Mack's 
    Canyon in your fly box. 

                                Fly Material
    Hook: Mustad, Sizes 6-2  36890, or equivalent.
    Thread: Black 6/0 or better yet, GSP.
    Wing: White and orange calf's tail.
    Tail: White and orange hackle fibers.
    Rib: Sliver oval tinsel.
    Body: Orange and black embroidery yarn.  Antron yarn may be used instead.
    Hackle: Black saddle hackle.

                                Tying Steps
    1. Tie in a thread base from about two-eye lengths behind the eye to a point 
    just above the tip of the hook (the "bend"). Then run the thread foreword.

    2. Wing. The wing is tied on with the tips of the calf's tail fibers pointing 
    foreword. When tying in, make sure you leave that two-eye length gap.

    3. Select a small amount of white calf's tail and tie it in with the tips pointing 
    foreword. Cut off the excess material. 

    4.  Select a small amount of orange calf's tail. The tips of the orange calf's 
    tail should be tied in such that they are on top of and, slightly behind the white tips. 
    Cut off the excess and secure the wing materials.

    5. Run the thread back to the bend.

    6. Tail. The tail should be about a shank's length. Select a few orange hackle 
    fibers and tie them in, then tie in a few white hackle fibers on top of the orange 
    bundle. Secure the tail material and cut off the excess.

    7. Body. Tie in a length of orange yarn at the bend, and then tie in a length 
    of silver oval tinsel on top of it. Run the thread foreword. 

    8. First wrap the yarn behind, then in front of the tinsel. Continue wrapping the 
    yarn foreword about 1/3 of the shank's length. Tie off the yarn and cut off the excess. 

    9. Tie in the black yarn in front of the orange, then wrap it foreword to the wing. 
    Tie off the thread and cut off the excess.

    10. Rib. Wrap the rib foreword to the wing. Give it about five-wraps. Tie off the 
    tinsel and cut off the excess.

    11. Hackle. Tie in the butt of a black hackle behind the wing. Give it about 
    three-wraps and tie it off. Cut off the excess material.

    12. Fold the wing back and pinch the base to force the wing rearward, then tightly wrap 
    the thread over the base of the wing to force it back. At the same time you are 
    forming the head of the fly. 

    13. Apply some head cement.

        Rick Shadforth 12/14/16