Here is the fly pattern sheet for Kelly Galloup’s Found Link.
This is an original fly tied by Kelly, using deer hair for the wing and includes a body of deer hair with the tips extending barely past the hook bend to help with flotation.
And here is a picture of the fish’s view.
Daiichi 1180, TMC 100 or 101 #12 – 20
Danville 6/0 or 8/0 Uni thread on smaller sizes
Coq de leon
Zelon – white or light dun
Superfine dubbing, color to match natural’s thorax
- Begin thread on hook where the body will end, 1/4 – 1/3 back from hook eye.
- Select several CDL fibers for the tail. Measurement should be at least as long as the hook shank or a little longer.
- Cover shank of hook with thread while covering butt ends of CDL.
- Select deer hair, clean and measure so it extends slightly past bend of hook (see photo for example). Trim butts and tie in with a couple of thread wraps (see video at 12:40). Continue wrapping back to tail tie-in point with even wraps, but not tight to allow deer hair to create body around hook. Bring thread forward to where body begins with open wraps.
- Tie in Zelon directly on top it deer hair tie-in point, using figure-8 wraps. Flare out the Zelon with shorter fibers close to body
- Dub thorax in front and behind Zelon wing up to hook eye. Thorax should be larger than body.
- Trim Zelon with a 30 degree angle, shorter towards tail.
- Thread should be directly in front of Zelon wing.
- Select deer hair, clean and measure length of body. Trim butts and tie in on top of thorax, directly in front of Zelon wing. Use 2 – 3 thread wraps to secure. (see video at 19:40).
- Whip finish.
Galloup’s Found Link is Kelly’s version of the famous Missing Link created by Mike Mercer.
Watch Kelly tie this fly. You can find it on his Youtube channel – TheSlideInn.