Fly Tying the Sedotti Feather Trout Slammer, Long Island NY


Hi I’m Mark Sedotti and I’m gonna be
tying the Sedotti Feather Trout Slammer today mmm I’m starting out with two
hooks and I have my main hook which is 4/0 actually it’s a it’s a worm
book by Gamakatsu and my trailer is going to be a to odd Gamakatsu octopus
you could use something like that this is significant not only because of the
size but because of the weight of the hook and the way it’s eventually going
to affect the action of the fly so I’m going to connect the front hook to the
trailer hook with some 60 pound Berkley steel on plastic coated wire and how I
will do that for starters is I’m just going to be of course wrapping the shape
of the trailer hook and once I do that too I get a base then I can easily
attach the wire that I want to I go through the hook I and down so I have
that on the the wire on the upper part of the shank and I can tie that in and
then what I’ll do is I have the wire bent already but I would bend the wire
right towards the back of the shank so I can have that go in in under so it’s on
the bottom and I will just attach that like that very quickly you could do that
pretty quickly right to what all right so that I can I can attach that wire very easily to
the trailer hook now I haven’t finished the windings winding it as much as I can
I’ll show you it because I have a hook that have already done already and so
what I would do is I would simply would finish that and then I would coat it
with some lacquer and whatever you want to use whatever kind of lacquer that you
want to use I use hard as meals what I’ve done already is I have one of the
finished trailers as you see it’s already been coated with some lacquer
it’s been tied in properly and thoroughly and I’ve also have the the
lengths that I want and I’ve bent the wire ready so that I can attach it to
the front hook so as you see what I’ll have is I’ll have a set up to where I’ve
got the trailer hook behind the main hook and purposely I want the bends of
those hooks to be two and a half inches apart that’s significant because I want
it that way something because it gives the fly a certain
side-to-side walk the dog action because of the way the weight is distributed and
that’s going to get a fish that strikes shore or a lot of trout end up not
engulfing the entire fly or biting the head but they Bluff and bite the middle
of the fly some experts say it’s to to stun the fish first or whatever but you
look a lot more fish with a hook behind your trailer or in case you use some
sort of shank and then you have the hook off of that so I’ll put my main hook in
there and again this is uh this is a worm hook I used to use a Gamakatsu
octopus for ah I went to the worm hook because my friend Alex lot this simply
told me that when he used the worm hook he hooked a lot more fish on the feather
flies that he was using alright so I’m gonna do the same thing with this front
hook as I did with the trailer hook I’m simply gonna wrap the shank yeah I’m gonna wrap we wrap the shank
and then I will attach the wire now I know that in tying this fly it takes a
little time to tie it but I know that the results that you get with the fly
are worth it no one so again I’ve got that so it’s
straight up and I prefer my trailer hook to be facing upwards rather than
downwards primarily because that hook the hook point is going to stay in the
body of the fly in the feathers a lot easier than a hook pointing downward and
if the weight of that hook actually pulls it down somewhat you know if it
actually pulls it down somewhat I’m still a lot closer to the body of the
fly and I think you can hook the fish a lot better that way now originally I
started tying this fly simply in salt water as a min Hayden imitation and this
was I tied different size Slammers all with feathers from oh three and a half
to thirteen and a half inches and this six to eight-inch six to seven and a
half inch size which later started doing a lot of trout fishing with and having a
lot of success with it this fly yeah this fly usually tied from a six to
seven and a half inches long and I copied an immature menhaden
which we would see in the fall aisle here on the East Coast especially where
I fished locally on Long Island Sound and then all I do is put that wire up on
the top and I took this fly out actually first when I was in Montana I use it on
the beaver head River hunt you’ve really worked well and then I started fishing
in Michigan a lot this was in the late 90s and I brought it out fishing on the
Manistee River with my friend guide Russ men on his boat and what they were
mainly fishing without Michigan at the time was were flies that were
articulated leeches they’re flies at the biggest four four-and-a-half inches long
this thing was six six and a half seven half inches long to eight inches long
and and their flies were articulated leeches
tied with marabou and rabbit and this fly from the East Coast school flight
I’m really look more like a bait fish a bait fish in you’ll see in silhouette as
well as in three-dimensional shapes and look more like a bait fish and mood had
action more like a bait fish and you know it’s like not the first to do that
in trout fishing but it just wasn’t used that much at the time what I’m gonna do
is I’m gonna put these shorter saddle hackles right off the back and I have
two of them I’m gonna tie these right off the back and this is so I have the
exact shape that I wanted I was a stickler for profile when I tied the fly
I wanted to look if I could exactly like a bunker exactly like a little bunker
and we’re gonna do that again and so an experiment or placement of the materials
and what I got was I got what I wanted I got a very very close amend Hayden shape
and turned out that that menhaden shape was really a hairy shape so if you bring
this to freshwater it copied a shad and an L lie from wonderfully all right so I have danced what I want
got my feather so I have one on there and now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna
add some weight and weight is significant to the action of this fly
and I’ve got some 0.025 weighted wire and I’m going to wrap that around the
hook shank now I don’t need it to be right up to the eye of the hook simply
because this this hook shank it’s so warm so I really don’t need that you see
I’m just gonna wrap that right along the shank of the hook and what this is going
to do it’s going to function not only as weight that helps get the fly down
underneath the water when it’s cast it doesn’t necessarily make the fly sink
deep but it gets it underneath the surface quickly where you want a minnow
to be where you want a baitfish pattern to be and then it’s going to help with
the action of fly as you see but also it’s a base for other materials that are
going to be tied on top of it so that’s all I need I’ll wrap that with some
point o25 weighted wire and usually I’ll cover that just like that and on top of
that or on the bottom of that actually what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put in a
weighted keel now the keel is really really significant to this fly what’s
its significance is is that it really helps any with the action of the fly now
originally the bigger bunker patterns book of patterns in general had a
tendency to roll when you retrieve them they were wide profile that have a
tendency to roll over sometimes just track like that well my friend Tom
piccolo a very well-known local tire he told me to put a keel in this is his
cidade he put a keel in there and man that that fly will track straight
wonderfully our try doing that and it really really
worked but I didn’t know about how it would help the action of the fly
especially when it comes to travel fishing so what I’ll do is I will cut
four pieces for 3/8 the inch long pieces of some 0.030 weighted wire which which
I have here you know and I’m going to cut them with my pliers but I’ve done
that already I’m gonna tie a piece which is about 3/8 of an inch long I know that
just because I’ve measured it over the years I’ve tied so many of these flies
and I’m going to I have these already cut and I have four sections and I have
them spread out just like that on the bottom of the shank of the hook and I’m
gonna put them in there right at the back for this particular slammer right
at the back and I want them so that as you see you see the wrapped wire it
gives you a base that you can put those four strips in and they lay flat along
the bottom just like that all right so I’m just going to tie the first layer of
the basin or the qilin and then all I do is get another four pieces of that
weighted wire four pieces that are 3/8 of an inch long once again and I’m going
to tie them on top of the other four pieces so I’m just going to they are
virtually superimposed you know that’s what if that’s the right word and that’s
up on top and I tie those in as you say and I wrapped those in and I’ve got
myself he’s very very nice keel and the significance of the keel and the fly I’m
it’s tremendous when concerning the action of the fly in a stream primarily
because not only does it kill the fly so it tracks in heavy currents but if a fly
is knocked off current what it’ll have a tendency to do and that happens easily
is that fly goes back you know this is my fly my hand it goes back into
equilibrium just like a natural bait fish will do that’s a natural tendency
and that’ll trigger strikes from trout and with all this weight as it goes
through across different current speeds you know of different current seems of
different speeds that fly will just move and I’ll say and it’ll be swept by the
current coming off-kilter go back into equilibrium and do this all all like
that which is a wonderful strength triggering quality for a fly it really
gets those fish and so I’m going to turn that over we got the keel on the fly so
now we’re gonna put the big feathers the main part of the fly right on to the top
of the shank and what I’ve done is I’ve already already picked the feathers out
and I’ve cut them so that ideally if you see the stems are all about the same
thickness that’s pretty important so they don’t twist your knee get them on
the hook and as you see they’ll be next to each other just like that a lot like
the the weighted wire for the keel was and I’m simply going to put that up on
top get that there like that and so as you see again you see that all the
weighted wire gives you a base even for your for your feathers and we’re tile a
turn and I can do that pretty easily so
usually one step leads to the next or prepares you for the next step or some
one of the steps down the line okay so this fly is probably gonna be
about seven and a half inches long that’s what it looks like seven seven
and a half inches long which is good and once I got that in I’m going to put some
shorter feathers up ahead of that then what is significant with that it’s like
I said I was really a stickler for the profile of the fly and I wanted an exact
herring menhaden herring imitation which like I said work wonderfully as an
alewife imitation also so have two more feathers there and I’m gonna tie them in
right in front of those last feathers that I tied him and you know as you see
you can see it already you have that that hope there and you have the same
thing on the bottom so you’re getting that fish shake and again I was a
stickler for that and that’s a really great shape for a herring or a shad or a
min hatin both with trout fishing we’re talking about you know shed and ilwis
and it’s a wonderful L voice imitation just like that so I have that in and I’m
good now I’m gonna be trying the materials I’ve already started it I’m
hiring them so I’m clumps or feathers along the shank going forward that’s
gonna give you a little wider profile in the fly now I can come back in on the
bottom I can put in my first clump of bucktail and again you see I have a base to put
that book title and I’m gonna pick that book tale probably about that long and I
have that on on the inside but I will show you what I do and again I’m gonna
tie that a little ahead of the feathers that I just tied in and you see that on
me on there you can see that you see how long that is
that’s just a little shorter than those shorter feathers that are tied in
originally at that spot and I’m gonna cut that secure that the best I can and
one I don’t use glue when I tie I guess a lot of wraps and a lot of pressure and
it’s worked for me sometimes like the glue I like to use lots of pressure and
wrap so up ahead of these feathers again high tide low tide up ahead I’m going to
tie in some I’m gonna tie in some some more fucked out white bucktail and again
that’s not gonna be quite as long as that feather almost that’s gonna give
you a wonderful shape but not only that’s gonna give you a really nice head
shape for this fly yeah I got that now I’ll tie that off or
I’ll cut that off just like that and again I’m in good shape now what
you’re gonna see just adding to action of the fly the significance of high
tying and low time isn’t just that you get they’d officiate that you honor the
herring shape that you are but the ends of all these materials the ends of these
two feathers here the ends of these two feathers the ends of these four feathers
and I just use four feathers for my tail feathers I don’t need more than that and
the ends of the book tails as you go up the fly the ends will have a wiggle to
them so the fly as it moves to the water all the end along the edges of the fly
it’s all wiggling it all has a little bit of that fish attracting action makes
a difference so ahead of this what I’m gonna do is I’m going to put in I’m
gonna put in some peacock herl along the back so I’ve already cut some peacock
herl and I’m gonna place that in above that wrap and it’s not on the curl isn’t
going to be as long as the tail feathers it’s gonna be a little less so there’s I
don’t know inch and a half inch whatever that’s okay
now I tie that notice that I tie my peacock herl in not
at the front of the fly but more in the middle of the floor and I found that
when I first tied the peacock herl in at the front
pika hyung came up and I lost that profile it would essentially in the
water oftentimes sort of detach from the and it wouldn’t look like a natural
baitfish when I put the thing Bob when I put the thing in in the middle of the
fly ahead of more clumps of bucktail it had that true fish shaped form and had
that dark top you know who it was it was consistent was wonderful so I have that
in there and I’m going to continue with a buck tail on the bottom of the fly and
you see the fly is taking shape pretty quickly so I have another clump of
bucktail on the bottom just about maybe a little shorter maybe the same length
as what was behind it I want to tie that on and nothing easily let’s see if I write
yeah I’m good pull up on both ends and I have another
clump in there I’m gonna anchor like that I’ll press with my two fingers and
pull straight down and that should anchor the materials in pretty strongly
cut that off and then I’m simply going to go to the top of the fly after I have
that in I’m gonna tie in some I’m gonna tie more book tailing and this time I’m
gonna tie some some some darker bucktail I’m gonna get some dark olive yeah well I guess that’s a balloon the bot is
law has the last ones that should be good that looks good it’s right I’m
gonna put that on top up there and if I can’t get that over like that you see
how that blends in so well with that Pete hawk Carl yeah Louis I can’t go
that in and I’m good and and you’ll see when that flies in the water you have it
true dark line as it were on top like a natural bait fish nothing detaches
you’ll have that wonderful silhouette and I just continue doing similar things
and what I’ll do up ahead now cuz I’m gonna what’s near the end the end of the
fly you know what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put some flash of blue on the
sides of the fly and I usually don’t use a lot of flash so I have some here and
I’m gonna maybe use half of that well if I can just a few strands of flash I
usually don’t use a lot I use a few and I’ll put them and they won’t be as long
as the fly itself they’re going to be just a little shorter than the length of
the fly in there like that and I’m fine like tying that into and if I want to go in and either flip
that back like that so I can secure it sometimes I do that sometimes I do
that’s okay you usually don’t have a lot of Flash on
the fly and then go to the other side and I’ll do something very similar sometimes I tie the fly with with no
flash sometimes if I just get a feeling that I need more flash I’ll tie more
flash sometimes if I if I’m on the stream and I think the trout are a
little spooky from too much flash if that happens I’ll simply pull the flash
off I’ll pull some strands off or I’ll cut some off sometimes I have the pair
of scissors with me and and I’ll do that okay so on top of that on the sides to
get this fly having a little better of a three-dimensional shape right I mean it
just doesn’t have the profile but you want to be thick enough so if a fish
looks up from underneath then you know it’s gonna have that fish shape also and
they’ll see that Bob Papa vixx may be very conscious of that kind of that
concept and I didn’t mention it from the start but of course this sadati slammer
the feather slammer is tired in the deceiver style you know I mean but as
you see just has so many intricate attributes so I’m gonna take some white
bucktail and with a smaller clock not quite as much as many hairs and I’m
gonna put that over the the flash I’m gonna put that over the flash all
right that’s pretty cool yes you see I’m gonna have it over the
side you know cut that off and then I’ll do the same thing on the other side of
the fly can all this does it makes it look prettier but it also it gives it
more of a three-dimensional shape which I think can be important you know now
we’re time flies I mean you you’ve seen it more even more recently than and way
back when I originally tied this fly this pattern in 1991 and I added the
trailer hook a few years after that when I was fishing in Michigan and I had
three I had two eight pound brown it’s about 20 inches 28 inches long then I
had a 30 inch or come after the fly and I didn’t hook any of them this happened
in two days on the asaba land then on the Manistee River and missed every fish
because they grabbed the fly in the middle and I had the hook in the head I
said forget about it I’m going to put a trailer hook in that fly from now on
when I’m trout fishing and it worked all right so we’re gonna finish up and we
put our last loci as it were high and low tying right up by the front of the
fly and you know I’ll just wrap that in wrap
that in and like that anchor it and I cut that off I’m going to put another
clump right there I’m night the upper end of the fly I get
some MA some olive some olive bucktail and this is finishing the fly up for the
most part all right yeah all I have to do is you might’ve like that and then I’m
virtually finished with the fly now and I just have to craft the shape of the
head and then put the eyes on and work done so what I have is a fly that has it
great fish shape great fish action you know silhouette three-dimensional shape action going across currents action
going up and down that kill also helps that fly bob up and down sort of like
this as you retrieve it and one more significant thing and this was a
surprise that I’ve got when I put that keel hook in there I’m going to tie off
right here when I put that keel in I had the wonderful surprise in the fly in
that me whip finish and I have a wonderful surprise of added walk the dog
side to side action when I retrieve this thing in sharp jerks on a tight line
because what happened okay there’s the there’s there’s the you know there’s the
finished fly but what I had when I would strip that fly it was simply because of
the weight of the hook and the and how far it was behind the front hook but
when I stripped it the fly would do that and do that do that so that an extra
strike triggering action which which made it you know an even more potent
Trotta trout fly so now all I have to do is put the eyes on that thing and I’m
finished okay so we got some glue and we’re going
to I prefer that do you shoe goo but you know I’m using a substitute to gay and
I’m just going to put that fly on that eye on there make sure that it’s above
the that it’s above the the keel and in that and I may have to just hold that
there a little longer and so that adheres to the base below the hair it’s
not just on the hairs if we can get that and then I’m simply I’ll do that I’ll do
that to the the eye on on the other side also we’ll do that to the eye on the other
side also and see if we can get that done and then all I have to do
once my once my eyes are on is yeah so you see that we got I have one side and
got the eye and on the other side if I have to add a little more glue I will so I’m pretty good there just about like
they’re essentially yeah but you have a finished fly the the ice almost make the
thing come alive you know and then I’ll put some lacquer on my you know just add some lacquer there to
my raps up at the head and I’m essentially I’m essentially yeah
I’m essentially no I’m essentially finished I might have
to just put a little off yeah yeah pretty good all right that’s the
the Sedotti Slammer I’ve got the eyes on and it’s all complete and hope that you can
tie some up and actually catch some real big trout on you know hanks a lot

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