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Jeff Blood’s White Death

by Tim Flagler

Detailed instructions for tying Jeff Blood’s White Death, a well known Great Lakes steelhead pattern. It’s for all intents and purposes nothing more than an easy-to-tie Zonker. Here, I’ve taken some liberties with Mr. Blood’s materials and tying sequence but the overall fly is pretty much the same.

Jeff Blood’s White Death

Detailed instructions for tying Jeff Blood’s White Death. Recipe: Hook: 2X-heavy, 4X-long streamer hook (here, a Mustad 9672), sizes 8-12. Thread 1: Red, 6/0 or 140-denier. Body: Silver Sparkle Braid or Mylar tubing. Thread 2: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier. Back/Tail: White rabbit Zonker strip.

Recipe
Hook: 2X-heavy, 4X-long streamer hook (here, a Mustad 9672), sizes 8-12.
Thread 1: Red, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Body: Silver Sparkle Braid or Mylar tubing.
Thread 2: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Back/Tail: White rabbit Zonker strip.