STEP–BY–STEP: KLEIN ROOI JAKKALS

STEP–BY–STEP: KLEIN ROOI JAKKALS

If you are a purist and if the idea of a squirmy worm offends you, then look away now because this four-legged squirmy monstrosity will violate your sensibilities in every possible way. Problem is, in the tricky surf wash of the South African West Coast and on Namibian shores, it’s proven to be a damn effective fly. Richard Wale, the of OG fly studio, runs us through a Step-by-step of his Klein Room Jakkals creation. All photos by Brett Mandel.

THE FLY

The Klein Rooi Jakkals, so named after the small red jackal found scavenging along the Namibian coastline. The fly is essentially a pudding worm (or wonder worm/moonshine worm) imitation designed to look like any of the marine bloodworm-esque members of the polychaete family.

INTENDED APPLICATION

West Coast Steenbras in the surf. For more on this species, check out the Wishlist Fish in Issue 8 of The Mission. Silver Kob also take this fly.

THE RECIPE

UTENSILS: Vice, Scissors, Bodkin, Bobbin, Whip Finish Tool, Fingers

INGREDIENTS

  • Hard Tack: Gamakatsu SL12S #2, 4mm Black Nickel Grip tungsten dumbbell eye
  • Dressing: Fishient Lead Wire Medium, Danville 140 denier thread red, Dohiku Red/Dark red squirmy,  Suede Chenille Red
  • Spice: Super Glue
  • Cooking Instructions: Tie like a boss, let simmer at room temperature until super glue is dry.

STEP 1: TIE IN THE THREAD

STEP 2: TIE IN THE LEAD

STEP 3: APPLY THE SUPER GLUE

STEP 4: TIE IN THE BACK SQUIRMY

STEP 5: TIE IN THE CHENILLE AND WRAP

STEP 6: TIE IN THE FRONT SQUIRMY AND FINISH OVER WITH CHENILLE

STEP 8: TIE IN THE DUMBBELL EYES

STEP 9: ADMIRE YOUR WORK

Serving Suggestion: moving water and salt.

Alternative serving suggestions: smaller, bigger, lighter, heavier – it really depends what you are going to put a worm imitation in front of.

A Namibian or West Coast Steenbras caught on the Klein Rooi Jakkals
A silver kob caught on the Klein Rooi Jakkals

Read more about the Namibian steenbras in issue 8. It’a free!

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