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Octobers Hardcore Fly Tying Tie One Off Challenge

Welcome to October’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this months challenge will win a HCFT stalker mask and a HCFT Vikapus T-shirt. Both not available on the website.


This month we will be tying a Schminnow Fly. This is a very basic and easy fly, but also extremely effective for dock lights and beach side snook.

Materials List

  • Orvis  Saltwater #2 hook
  • White 210 Denier thread
  • Orvis White Temple Fox
  • Ultra Chenille
  • Medium Black or Silver bead chain


Start your thread in the middle of the shank and work your way back.



Take a good size piece of Temple Fox, be sure to pull out all the under fur. Tie it in just before the bend of the hook.

For the tail you can use many different materials Marabou, Ostrich Herl etc…. All have great action and will work perfectly with this fly.



Now work your thread forward to tie in your eyes, then work your thread back. Be sure to leave enough room for a weed guard, this fly is predominantly used in dock light situations so a weed guard is a must.



Tie in your chenille just in front of your tail material, then work your thread forward to the front of your eyes.



Palmer your chenille forward, be sure not to trap or palmer over any of your material. Clip your chenille just behind your bead chain and wrap it off.

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Tie in your weed guard and thats all there is to it. The very simple yet very effective Schminnow Fly.


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