Here is the fly pattern sheet for Higa’s SOS.
And with UV Resin coating wingcase.
Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 #18
Black 70 denier Ultra or 16/0 Veevus
Silver 2.0 mm tungsten
|Pheasant tail dyed black|
Silver wire – small
Red floss or UTC Holo Tinsel – medium
Rabbit, possum or Ice Dub – Black
Krystal Flash – black
- Place bead on hook.
- Start thread behind bead.
- Tie in tail, using 3 to 5 pheasant tail fibers which should be hook gape in length.
- Tie on wire rib behind bead and spiral thread back around bend of hook.
- Create slim tapered body with working thread, ending at hook point.
- Wrap wire rib forward with 4 or 5 evenly spaced wraps and tie off.
- Tie in wingcase on top of hook, starting at bead and extending backwards over hook. Wind thread back to 50% point
- Attach dubbing to thread and begin wrapping next to bead. Create thick thorax and end with thread next to bead.
- Tie in 2 strands of Krystal Flash on top, next to bead with 2 thread wraps. Use a couple a diagonal thread wraps to secure. Pull backwards and use additional thread wraps forcing flash back to create legs.
- Pull wingcase forward on top of hook and keep on top of hook and tie down with 3 – 4 thread wraps. Pull wingcase material backwards and add a couple more thread wraps to secure. Ensure 2 legs stay on each side. Trim.
- Trim legs to length.
- Whip finish and trim thread.
Optional: Apply UV resin to wingcase.
Note: A Spencer Higa fly pattern. SOS stands for Save Our Skin…which may explain the fly’s popularity.