Sheep Shad Fly Tying Instructions

Sheep Shad Fly Tying Instructions
The sheep shad fly is a pattern that imitates the gizzard shad, an important forage fish. By changing the colors selected this fly can be adapted to mimmic any wide, flat bodied forage fish. The sheep shad fly can be effective in saltwater as well as freshwater where forage fish with this body shape are found. Tying the sheep shad fly requires patience and good thread control as you will be tying on a small part of a short shank hook.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • A size 4 to 2/0 short shank hook like the Gamakatsu SC 15
  • White 8/0 thread or clear monofilament
  • Red antron yarn
  • Pearl krystal flash
  • White Icelandic sheep
  • Minnow gray
  • Peacock herl
  • Holographic medium tinsel
  • Mallard flank
  • Fly tying vise
  • Bobbin
  • Glue
  • Glue on eyes
Step 1
Mount the hook in the vise.
Step 2
Tie on the thread just behind the hook eye and wrap to the middle of the hook shank.
Step 3
Tie on a short piece of red yarn at the mid point of the shank with a couple of wraps of thread. Wrap the yarn around the hook 2 or 3 times forming a pillow, securing it with a couple of wraps of thread.
Step 4
Tie about 15 strands of krystal flash at the front of the pillow with a couple of wraps of thread in the middle so it extends well past the bend of the hook and the eye. Fold the flash back under the hook securing with 2 or 3 wraps of thread.
Step 5
Stack enough Icelandic sheep for the belly and wing. With the hook upside down tie on the belly with 3 tight wraps of thread at the front of the pillow. Return the hook right side up and tie on the wing. Keep this sparse so the flash will show.
Step 6
Stack half as much minnow gray as Icelandic sheep and tie it on on top of the Icelandic sheep wing with 3 wraps of thread on top of the Icelandic sheep. Do the same for the belly. Use sparingly so the flash is not covered. Add extra security by wetting a small length of the thread with the glue and wrap using all the wet thread.
Step 7
Cut 2 pieces of the tinsel 1/2 inch longer than the wing for the lateral lines. Tie 1 piece on along the side of the hook at the same spot as the wing and belly with 2 wraps of thread. Fold back and secure with 2 more wraps. Do the same with the remaining piece on the other side.
Step 8
Trim the thin tips from 4 thick strands of peacock herl and tie them on top of the wing with 2 or 3 wraps of thread wrapped at the same place as the wing and belly.
Step 9
Match up 2 mallard flanks for size and shape. Tie one on each side just in front of the pillow with a couple of wraps of thread.
Step 10
Wet enough of the thread with glue to make 3 or 4 wraps. Tightly wrap back towards the fly body to lock everything in place.
Step 11
Apply a drop of glue to the mallard flanks just behind the wraps of thread and stick on the eyes to each side.

Article Written By Mark Quest

Mark Quest began his writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. He attended Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, focusing on the sciences.

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