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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Leons Long Tail Cats Whisker
Originated and Tied By Leon Guthrie

Leons Long Tail Cats WhiskerLeons Long Tail Cats Whisker, Pinky
Name Leons Long Tail Cats Whisker
Category Steelhead / All Trout Species / Salmon
HookKamasan B830 Trout Classic Lure Long. Size 10
Body3mm Gold Bead, Using Fluorescent Green tying floss, apply a long bunch of white Marabou along hook shank, then remove hook from vice and turn the opposite direction. Continue winding Fluorescent green floss about 'inch on the Marabou feathers. Note: It is easier if you wet the marabou while doing this. As you are applying this part of the tail gets stiffer. Now apply a strand of Mylar Tinsel securing at tip of the tail. ie: end of green floss with a few turns and a little super glue. Cut thread and return hook on vice the correct way. Now wind the Mylar Tinsel along the tail and on to the hook shank. I cover the Fluorescent Green tail & Mylar with clear epoxy glue. Once dry, apply a few turns of White Cactus Chenille (Fine) and tie off. Apply Fluorescent Green Cactus Chenille tying off behind gold bead. Now select a portion of White Marabou for the Wing ( Optional as with the tail section). Put a couple of strands of Veniard Krystal Flash to give that added attraction and secure behind gold bead. Tie off and apply a little super glue on the thread.
CommentsThis pattern is an improved version of "The Cats Whisker. In other patterns, various colour combinations of Marabou and Cactus Chenille or Fritz are used. The object of this design is to Stop the Marabou Tail from winding around the hook bend during casting or while the lure enters the water, and also in creating more room to apply additional attraction material on the tail.

This pattern was originated and tied by Leon Guthrie of Galashiels, Scotland. It looks to me as if it would also be a great fly for our Pacific Salmon, tied omn larger hooks. The note below was written by Leon in late August. See more Leon Guthrie originals at The Flies of Leon Guthrie.