Peninsula Fly Fishers

August Workshop

  • August 06, 2015
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • HCC

August Workshop - Fly Tying

Harold Patterson will be leading the beginners in a Denny Rickards Stillwater Fly.

Dave Kruss will lead the intermediate and advanced fly tyers in an ALF (Anchovie Like Fly) done in Sacramento perch colors.  This can be used on the up coming Crowely lake fish-out, held September 19th and is something you may not have a lot of.   Recipe below. Feel free to contact Dave if you have questions on what to bring.  

"ALF" (Anchovy Like Fly)

(Sacramento Perch Colors)


Hook: Stainless Steel or plated, short or standard-shank, wide gape, size 4-10

...or try tying the fly inverted on an Eagle Claw  413 60-degree jig hook.

Thread: White: 6/0

Weighting (optional): Lead (or substitute) wire same thickness as hook wire

Body (Primary) : Super Hair, Marabou Hair, EP-Fibers, Polar Air, Poly-Bear, Ocean Hair, Ultra Hair, Fish Hair or similar synthetic material in white, polar bear, cream, light tan, light green and red (Coarseness appropriate to size of fly).  Select and layer colors to match naturals.

Flash materials: Polar Flash, Krystal Flash, Flashabou, Sparkle Hair, Fire Fly, Lite Brite or Pearl Flash in colors of pearl, iridescent light-green and red.  Mix and layer colors with body material.

Gills (optional): Red primary body and/or flash material or red marker.

Head: Tying thread.

Eyes: Prismatic, flat, adhesive backed - silver with black pupil.

Color: Permanent felt tip markers – back, dark green, dark brown and red..

Cement and coating: SOFTEX


This pattern was originated by Bill and Kate Howe of La Mesa, California as an imitation of the Anchovy - Southern California’s most prevalent inshore baitfish.  Between then and now, the ("Alf") style has been used to produce imitations of every baitfish that swims - and is eaten - everywhere on Earth.  The "Alf" is not a specific pattern, but rather a technique of tying baitfish imitations utilizing layered synthetic material of various diner to achieve proper density and profile


1.  Crush barb and clamp hook in vise.  Tye on thread behind eye and

     close-wrap back to above point.  For (optional) weed guard, tye folded leader

     atop shank with ends through eye.  For (optional) weighting, wrap lead wire

     from one eye length behind eye to as far back as for desired weight, but not

     behind the hook point.

2.  To form a deep, thin body, apply successive primary body materials atop

     each other in clumps of six to eight strands.  Tye atop shank with 5 tight

     wraps at mid-clump with ends extending at least a shank-length beyond the

     bend to the rear and an equal distance to the front. 

3.  Fold forward facing 1/2 of clump back and tye down over clump tye-on

     Wrap with 5 tight wraps.  Stretch doubled strands and cut at several locations

     to taper ends at shank length past bend.

4.  With mixed flash and primary body materials repeat steps 2 and 3 applying

     successive clumps atop each other using darker materials as upper portions

     of body are constructed.  On all clumps following the first, take 2 tight wraps

     in front of the folded end of the previous clump prior to folding and tying down

     the present clump.  Leave doubled ends of subsequent clumps slightly longer

     than previous clumps while still trimmed to staggered lengths.

5.  Reverse hook and tye-in belly clump of mixed white primary body material

     and pearl flash.  taper-trim to half-way between longest and shortest upper

     body strands.  Reverse hook again (to upright) and tye on 4 or 5 strands of

     black primary body and/or flash material over back; some longer, some


6.  For (optional) gills, tye small clump of red primary body (and/or flash) material

     along both sides and trim at half-way between hook point and bend...or color

     body sides with red, permanent felt tip marker.

7.  Finish wrapping head to eye of hook.  Whip-finish and cut thread.  With

     smooth-faced flat nosed pliers, gently squeeze head from sides to flatten as

     body is flat.  Tint top of thread with dark markers.  Affix adhesive-backed eyes

     to both of sides body behind thread head.  Apply several coats SOFTEX from

     thread head to barely behind eyes.


Take the time to learn the intricacies of the bait fish you are attempting to imitate and endeavor to produce a presentation consistent with behavior of both predator and prey.  This pattern can be fished from surface to very deep, but usually works best at intermediate depth near structure or bait fish schools.


Dave Kruss                        (650) 345-6691              

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