Tying Video – Dahlberg Flashdancer

The latest tying video from Dressed Irons is live and it is the Dahlberg Flashdancer.  The Flashdancer is a wonderful Smallmouth bass fly.  In fact it was originally tied by Larry Dahlberg to help some of his non-fly fishing clients catch Smallmouth on a fly rod.

The fly is pretty straight forward to tie.  The only thing that intimidates many tiers is the deer hair collar and head.  That is also what makes this fly a great fly to get started in using deer hair.  The collar and head are almost the same as would be tied on a Muddler Minnow.  In fact, just like the Muddler you want the head to be more sparse and ragged than tight and compact.  This allows the fly to make more noise when retrieved under the water.

Anyone can easily tie up a dozen in an afternoon and then you extras when on the water.  If you are fishing streams you can simply let the fly swing with the current and let all that gold Flashabou do all the work or give it a short strip every few seconds.  For fishing lakes and ponds you can slowly strip the fly in or impart a little action with the tip of your rod or a short strip.

Normally, there is no weight on the fly when tied.  If you need to get the fly deeper you can either use a intermediate or sink tip fly line.  You could also use some Tungsten leader, such as RIO Intouch Level “T”, to get your fly down.  If you prefer, you can add some lead wraps to the shank of the hook while tying the fly.  You could even use a longer shank hook and add a cone on the front to help sink the fly.

The original Flashdancer was tied with Gold Flashabou but you can use Silver or pearl if you prefer.  The Flashdancer is a fun fly to tie and experiment with.  Enjoy.

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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