This fly is a searching pattern for big fish. It can be used for a wide variety of species like Trout, Northern Pike, Bass, you name it. It has long body and articulation allows for great movement in the water imitating a well fed leech or eel. It can even silhouette a baitfish in the right light because this fly will move water. Strip it, rip it, dead drift it, or swing it and your sure to draw a big fish out his den to eat. Black and red always seems to make a great match even when you’re not necessarily matching the hatch. Designed by Max Pavel
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Pav’s Articulated Blood Gonga Ingredients Recipe:
Hook – Firehole Sticks 811 Sizes 2 & 4
Bead – MFC Sparkle Dumbell Eyes – Red
Tail – Marabou Blood Quills – Black
Flash – Krystal Flash – Red
Body – Schlappen Feathers – Black, MFC Minnow Sparkle Brush – Red
Legs – Black w/ Red Speckles Rubber Legs, or Life Flex – Red
Head – Fly Fish Food Bruiser Blend – Black Red
Thread – Veevus Thread – 6/0 Black
Articulation – Senyo Standard Intruder Wire Trailer Hook Wire – Black
Segmenting Beads – Hareline 3D Beads – Red
Tools used to create this fly:
Vise – Peak Vise
Tools – Loon Fly Tying Tool Kit
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Step By Step Tutorial
Begin with a Firehole 811 Size 4 in the vise. Start your thread just behind the eye and build up small thread body.
Start your thread down the shank and tie in a full piece of marabou. Make covering wraps with your thread. Take a piece of red krystal flash and tie one piece on each side on top of the marabou.
Prepare a piece of black schlappen and tie it onto the shank working your thread back to where the marabou tail begins. The curve of the schlappen feather should be pointing down on the shank after you flare the feathers.
On top of your schlappen feather take your MFC brush and tie the tip on to of your schlappen feather. Make sure your schlappen feather and brush are stacked on top of one another.
Bring your thread up to behind the eye and whip finish of half hitch and use your bobbin cradle.
Use Loon gator grip or other hackle pliers to hold both brush and schlappen. Spin the schlappen and brush counterclockwise while combing out the trapped feathers and brush.
Palmer the material with touching wraps trying not to trap feathers or the brush with your turns. Use a dubbing brush or a comb to free these trapped fibers.
Pull all the fibers back, brush/comb out and prepare two crazy legs.
Attach the crazy legs on each side of the fly, and whip finish.
Place Firehole 811 size 2 in the vise and start the thread just behind the eye. Build up a small thread body and tie in MFC dumbbell sparkle eyes. Use figure 8 wraps to secure the eyes. Make sure the eyes are attached on the bottom of the hook shank. A little super glue always helps hold them where you want.
Take about a 6-8″ piece of Senyo’s trailer wire and start thread wraps just behind the dumbbell eyes. Make sure the wire stays on top of the shank and work it back to the curve of the hook. Slip two 3D beads on the wire and then add on the first fly you already tied by taking the wire up through the eye. Then thread the wire back through the 3D beads and secure it with thread wraps. Work your way up the shank and trim wire just behind the eyes.
Super glue the entire shank’s thread wraps and let it dry.
Repeat the same process of tieing in the schlappen feather and then the MFC brush. Don’t forget to bring thread up the shank to behind the eyes and do a half hitch or whip finish. Place your thread on the cradle. Grab with gator grip/hackle pliers and twist up the brush and feather together freeing trapped fibers.
Palmer/wrap the material with touching wraps trying not to trap feathers or the brush with your turns. Use a dubbing brush or a comb to pull back everything and to free the trapped fibers.
Prep two crazy legs and tie them in on each side of the fly behind the dumbbell eyes.
Prep your Fly Fish Food Bruiser Blend by grabbing a clump and pulling apart loose/bulky fibers and stacking them back on top of one another. Repeat until you have the size desired. Lay down dubbing just behind the dumbbell eyes and make 2-3 thread wraps just behind the dumbbell eyes in the middle of your dubbing.
Repeat the process on the bottom.
Pull back all dubbing making some securing wraps in front of the dubbing. Then bring the thread in front of the dumbbell eyes.
Repeat the process with Bruiser Blend using less dubbing in front of the dumbbell eyes. Use a couple wraps to secure the top piece and then a couple warps to secure another piece of dubbing to the bottom of the hook shank. Pull dubbing back and make wraps in front. Use some super glue on your thread to secure wraps and whip finish.
Comb back and brush to thin out dubbing head. Trim bottom fibers if they are too long to keep hook point exposed.
Sit back and admire your work! Thanks for tying Pav’s Blood Gonga. #PavsPatterns #AvidMaxFlyTyers
2 thoughts on “How To Tie Pav’s Articulated Blood Gonga: Fly Tying Video”
The Blood Gonga is an interesting fly to tie, but how can we learn to tie it if the video is in fast mo?
Hi David, Totally agree. This video was an experiment about how to take such a long tie and condense it down. Also, we just added a step by step to this post. Let us know if you have any other questions.