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Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:22 a.m.

Mike's Comet

Learn to tie a Mike's Comet from Mike himself, The Herald's Fly-fishing with Mike blog author. He recommends using a stainless steel hook for catching humpy salmon, since it won't corrode in salt water, although a Mike's Comet can be used in fresh water as well.

Hook: Mustad 34007 Size 2 or 4, Gamakatsu SS15 or Dai Riki 930 or Tiemco 800S (all stainless so flies can be used in salt or fresh water.
Thread: 6/0 to match fly
Tail: Six strands of Krystal flash to match color.
Body: STS Trilobal Hot pink dubbing
Hackle: Two wraps of select hot pink saddle hackle to match. Use fuzzy stuff at the base.
Go here for a list of fly-fishing terms.
1) Tie in thread by wrapping it over itself several times.
2) Cut off waste end of thread.
3) Spiral wrap thread back to just before bend of hook and then back to just before the eye of the hook.
4) Take six strands of crystal flash and tie in along the top of the hook shank to just before the bend of the hook, leaving the ends extending beyond the tail of the fly.
5) Cut off the crystal flash ends with scissors to leave a tail about the same length as the length of the hook.
6) With the thread still at the base of the tail just before the hook bend, add some dubbing.
7) You add dubbing by taking a small hunk of the material and spreading it evenly along the thread. Pinch and roll the material between your thumb and forefinger (Roll continuously in the same direction), creating a couple inches of the material that is evenly spaced along the thread.
8) Spiral the material over the shank of the hook, creating a body. Keep adding dubbing and repeating until the body is just before the eye of the hook. Leave a quarter inch or so before the eye to add in the hackle feather.
9) Select a saddle hackle feather and pull off the barbs at the base. What you're looking for is part of the feather with some long, downy barbs but without a really fat stem (It's hard to wrap a thick stem around the hook).
10) Strip about a quarter inch of the stem at the base and use that area to tie in the feather behind the eye of the hook by wrapping the thread over it three times.
11) Make two wraps of the feather and tie it off with three wraps of thread.
12) Cut off the part of the feather behind the wraps.
13) Wrap the thread several more times to cover the cut piece of the stem and to create a thread head.
14) Complete the head with a whip finish or several half hitches. Cut thread.
15) Cover head with clear lacquer and let dry.
Mike also teaches you how to make a Reverse Spider, a Hubert Humpy, and a Marabou Jig.

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