Project Description

Sea Habit

Pattern Description:

The Sea Habit, from Trey Combs, is a fantastic baitfish imitation most often used in offshore applications.  I have personally used this one for Dorado fishing and can say these acrobatic fish just plain love it.  While it looks complicated, the Sea Habit really isn’t that hard to tie and there are a couple cool tricks I’ll share to get the head just right.  Get to it.

Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 600SP
Thread: White 3/0 Monocord and Clear UNI Monofilament thread
Tail/Body: White, Chartreuse and Dark Blue Bucktail
Flash: Pearl Flashabou, Silver, green and gray ghost Krystal flash
Topping: Peacock Herl from the eyed quill
Head: EZ Body Tubing, colored with markers and coated in Thick Hard Solarez UV Resin
Eyes: Adhesive Holographic Chartreuse

Step 1

Start the white 3/0 monocord thread behind the eye and wrap a solid thread base up and down the shank ending at the bend.

Step 2

Tie in a medium sized clump of white bucktail at the bend of the hook. The tips should extend beyond the bend about two and a half to three shank lengths.

Step 3

Clip the butt ends of the bucktail flush and make several tight turns over them to secure them in place. Tie in several long strands of pearl Flashabou at the center of their length at the base of the bucktail. The tips of the flash should reach slightly beyond the end of the bucktail tips.

Step 4

Fold the front ends of the Flashabou back over the top of the tail and bind them down in place. Move the thread forward off the end of the bucktail butts.

Step 5

Clip another, slightly heavier clump of white bucktail and measure it against the existing clump so it extends a little more than half way up the tail section.

Step 6

Press this clump of bucktail down onto and around the hook shank. You want this clump to form a collar around the first bunch so just push it down and let it work around the hook.

Step 7

Hold the bucktail clump in place and make two taut turns of thread around it, then tighten the thread and let the bucktail roll to encompass the shank.  You should have a bucktail collar that is evenly distributed 360 degrees around the hook shank and tail clump.

Step 8

Cut a long length of several strands of silver krystal flash and tie them in at the center of their length so the tips extend back along the side of the fly to nearly the end of the tail.

Step 9

Draw the front ends of the Krystal Flash back on the far side of the hook, hold them in place along the side of the fly and bind them down with a couple tight wraps of thread.

Step 10

Take another clump of Krystal Flash, this time in the gray ghost color and tie it in at the center of its length along the top of the fly with the tips extending back into the tail section.

Step 11

Fold the front ends of this bunch of flash back over the top of the fly and bind them in place as well.

Step 12

Cut a small clump of chartreuse bucktail and clean the short fibers out. Measure the hair against the fly so the tips extend back even with the tips of the white collar.

Step 13

Tie the chartreuse bucktail in on top of the butt ends of the white collar clump, spreading the fibers over the top half of the fly with your fingertips and thread torque. Clip the butt ends square.

Step 14

Add a clump of chartreuse Krystal Flash on top of the bucktail clump as you did before.

Step 15

Cut another smaller clump of dark blue bucktail, clean it and measure it so the tips extend even with the chartreuse fibers.

Step 16

Tie the blue bucktail down on top of the chartreuse butts, again, spreading the fibers to encompass the top of the fly. You should be very close to, but not touching the hook eye by now.

Step 17

Clip the butt ends of the blue bucktail square across. Build up a few wraps of tight thread to anchor everything in place.

Step 18

Tie in six or eight peacock herls by their butt ends on top of the blue bucktail. The tips of the peacock should extend just past the blue and chartreuse bucktail. Clip the butt ends of the peacock.

Step 19

Whip finish and clip the white thread. Add a drop of head cement to the tie down area.

Step 20

Clip a short section of EZ Body tubing and cut one end to a slightly rounded shape. The other end you’ll want as square as possible.

Step 21

Try a test fit for the tubing by sliding it over the hook eye in case you need to trim it down a bit. The back end of the tubing should come just to, or just slightly past the hook point.

Step 22

Once you are happy with the length of the tubing section, use a cigarette lighter to singe the ends of the square cut side. This will create small nubs that will help the thread get purchase and bind the front end down cleanly in the next step.

Step 23

Slide the prepped tubing over the hook eye onto the front of the fly.

Step 24

Start the clear mono thread right behind the hook eye. Slide the tubing back and clear of the eye while you do this.

Step 25

Slide the tubing forward so the square, melted edge is right at the back of the hook eye and pinch it down around the hook using your thread hand. Hold onto the hook eye and the front of the tubing and slip a couple wraps of thread over the front edge of the tubing to capture it against the hook right at the eye.

Step 26

Bind the tubing down tightly with several tight wraps of thread. Build a smooth head and whip finish and clip the mono thread.

Step 27

Use a chartreuse marker to color the sides of the head.

Step 28

And a dark blue marker to color the top.

Step 29

Add a small drop of Zap-A-Gap to both sides of the tubing and press an adhesive eye into place on top of it. Give the glue a few minutes to dry.

Step 30

Apply a coat of Solarez Thick Hard UV Resin to the tubing head, over the eyes, thread head and all. Cure the resin with the UV light.