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In the current issue of Fly Fishing In Saltwaters, there is an article by Steve Kantner describing his favorite Everglades snook fly, the Rivet. It looked good to me, so I tied up a couple and took them with me to Estero Bay. As soon as I got the Rivet to the edge of the mangroves, I had a snook on. So I give it a thumbs up. It was interesting to note that the sheepshead also loved to look at it, and would eagerly follow it, sort of like a mother following her two year old child.

Here is how I tied it:

Materials List

Tiemco 600SP hook in size #2

Natural colored kevlar thread

Tan craft fur

Black Prismacolor marker

Cream midge flash

White arctic fox or dyed racoon fur

Tan arctic fox or dyed racoon fur

Natural grey deer hair

1. Take a healthy clump of tan craft fur and use the fine end of the black Prismacolor marker to add three stripes. Tie it in right in front of the hook bend. Tie in a few strands of the midge flash.


2. Tie in a clump of the white fur.


3. Tie in a clump of the tan fur.


4. Take one clump of deer hair about the thickness of a pencil and stack & flare it on top of the thread wraps where the fur is tied in. Do not spin it.


5. Take another clump of deer hair and spin it on the bare hook shank in front of the stacked deer hair. Push this spun clump back on the hook shank. Repeat until you have filled the hook shank all the way to the eye. Whip finish, cut thread and add a drop of glue.


6. Remove the fly from the vise and trim the deer hair to a cone shape with a flat bottom. Trim the bottom as short as possible to avoid having the deer hair interfere with the hook gap.


It looks absolutely divine in the water.

P.S. A note about kevlar thread and spinning deer hair: a lot of guys have commented that they have problems with the kevlar thread cutting through the deer hair. I have never had this problem, and I'm guessing it's because I don't pull down on the thread as hard as most guys.

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Great looking bug.

As for the kevlar, I'd suggest you use a standard nylon thread in size "A" or Flymaster Plus (Flymaster +) instead. Some deer hair may have enough resilience to withstand cutting with kevlar, but some is more brittle and you'll cut through it. And if you're not cinching down hard enough to cut through the deer hair with the kevlar, you may not be pulling tight enough to keep the fly from unraveling after a few crack-the-whip casts or fish bites.


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He will ship to you free of charge Cheif as he will to any Forum member. He has a lot of stuff that other shops don't carry and have to order. Ask Honson he was surprised at the amount of Materials he carrys. I guess thats why I can't seem to get out of there without spending 60 to 100 bucks :laugh:

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looks sweet clint!!! These patterns will push the perfect amount of headwake just under the surface for the juvi tarpon around here. Can't wait to try them. Oh dude, BTW, I've got a pattern I need you to tie if possible.. its a little chartruese bug but its awesome for reds and snook...also very visible in water.

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