Blue Mamba

Due to its great underwater movement, the leech-like flies are unbeatable when we go for big fish. If well designed, these are not heavy to cast and don’t tangle, something key when we are casting at our maximum skill level.The idea for this triple articulated Mamba came some years ago at the Rio View more...
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Blue Mamba
List of materials
MaterialsHooks: salmon hooks or similar, with up turned eye. We need three of them: #3, #4 and #2 to finish the fly. The smallest one for the tail. You can change the sizes in order to change the dimension of the fly as well. I normally use Daiichi for the tail for its great quality and sharp point, and Mustad for the body, that are cheaper and are cut.Thread: 6/0 or 8/0, fluorescent orange or chartreuse according to the color of the fly.Tail: black rabbit strap and blue Arctic fox for the Blue View more...

Step 1

On the smallest hook make a base of thread, cement it with cyanoacrilate, and tie the regular rabbit tail strap. Then tie a strap of rabbit (Cross cut type) to finish with this first hook.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 1

Step 2

Wrap the rabbit strap combing the hairs to the back up to close to the eye. Add a red and a blue flashabou strip at the sides, and a blue arctic fox wing in the upper section. Tie the thread, trim and cement the head with your favorite glue.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 2

Step 3

Needle the multifiber through the hook eye that we just finished, taking it off the vise as we put on a bigger one. Tie the set we did before as shown in the picture. Firstly, the multifiber towards the eye, then turn it backwards, which makes the knot firm and avoids it from moving or loosening.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 3

Step 4

As in Step 2, tie a black cross cut rabbit strap shaping another body, add flashabou and the blue arctic fox wing, close and place another multifiber as done in Step 3.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 4

Step 5

On the biggest hook tie both bodies, with the multifiber as we did before. Tie the black cross cut and shape the last body tying two arctic fox wings, covering a bit more the sides so that the fly has more volume at the front, making it move water and the rest of the fly, and therefore irresistible for big fish.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 5

Step 6

To finish our Blue Mamba, add a jungle cock feather at each side and make a neat head with several lacquer layers. The cut the two front hooks shortly.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 6

Step 7

Finished fly image.

Fly tying - Blue Mamba - Step 7


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Guide, Fly Tying instructor, Casting instructor - Argentina