Tying the Seaducer

The Seaducer fly.

What's the Story?
While the origin of the Seaducer is not known definitively, commercial snook fisherman Homer Rhodes is credited with creating the fly, originally the Homer Rhodes Streamer, in the 1940's. The fly was ultimately given a more colorful name by a popular fly-fishing writer in the 1980's when "Sea" and "Seduce," were combined to form "Seaducer."

What's it Good For?
The Seaducer is a simple yet versatile and productive fly pattern that will catch a wide variety of species in both fresh and salt. Snook, tarpon, redfish, seatrout, sharks, largemouth and peacock bass and many others will investigate and eat this fly.

How to Fish It:
Lightweight and stealthy, this fly lands softly on the water's surface. Because of its near-neutral buoyancy, it sinks just below the surface and passes over deeper vegetation and obstructions. The hackle tail flexes and pulses during the retrieve while the palmered head creates a bow wake to gets the fish's attention. This fly can be fished over weedbeds, along shorelines, under docks, and even in open water using a strip-strip-pause retrieve. It can also be used over bedding largemouth and peacock bass when an intrusive and threatening fly profile is needed.

Tying Options
A black head and purple tail is a great baby tarpon combination, while a red head and orange tail on a 4/0 hook can be very productive for sharks. Adding lead or bead chain eyes can allow the fly to be used in deeper water. The addition of a weed-guard loop permits the fly to be fished tight to mangrove shorelines without the fear of snagging on a regular basis.

The tail can be tied with the curve of the saddle hackles together to form a single tail, or splayed, point away from each other to form "legs" that swim and pulse as the fly is stripped. The body is often tied with two colors, for example white with a red head, with one saddle hackle wrapped from the bend of the hook 2/3 of the way up the shank and a second saddle hackle filling the front of the shank.

Available on our Website:
This fly is available, ready to fish, on the Seaducer page. If you'd like to tie it yourself, the Seaducer Fly Tying Kit includes all the materials you will need.

Skill Level: Easy

Materials List:
Recommended Specialty Tools:

Tying Steps

  1. Attach the thread to the hook shank just in front of the bend.
  2. Select four tan saddle hackles with a similar size and shape, two with a left curve and two with a right curve. Match the feathers together with the tips even, cupping them together. (The feathers can also be splayed, with the curves facing away from each other, if you prefer. this gives the fly a nice kicking motion but it is harder to tie a fly that rides correctly in the water.)
  3. Tie the feathers in just in front of the bend, with  2 1/2 shank lengths extending past the tie-in point. 
  4. Tie in 4 to 6 strands of Flashabou on each side of the tail.
  5. Tie in two saddle hackles with relatively fine stems by the tips just in front of the tail. Advance your thread to just behind the hook eye.
  6. Palmer the front feather up the hook shank, with the top of the feather facing the eye of the hook. The feathers can be wrapped together or one at a time. Wrapping them in separately allows you to use the second feather to fill any potential gaps. Space your wraps so that the feather reaches the front of the hook before you get to the very stiff portion of stem.
  7. Secure the butt ends of the feathers and trim them off.
  8. Create a neat thread head, covering up the butt ends of the feathers, whip finish, and apply head cement. 

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