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The El Camino




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A Mullet Immitation Made From Mans Best Friend.


The El Camino



The El Camino is a water pushing mullet imitation that uses a somewhat unique material for the head.   The head of the El Camino is made from the under-fur of my Irish Water Spaniel, dubbed with a dubbing loop.  Irish Water Spaniels have a very soft, curly hair that is a slightly darker brown than your typical Chocolate Lab.  You could probably get a similarly curly and buggy fur from Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Bichon Frise's etc... Being a retriever, the under-fur of the Irish Water Spaniel  is water repellant.  In tank test this water repellency gives flies a unique quality of trapping many air bubbles in the dubbed fur as they sink, and releasing the air bubbles as the fly is stripped.

As to the name El Camino, every time I think of mullets (the hair cut)  I think of guys driving El Camino's, hence the name of this mullet imitation.





Hook -  Mustad 34007 size 1/0 


Thread - Brown flat waxed nylon


Eyes  -   small dumbbell

         or hourglass eyes.

(option, if you prefer, you can eliminate the 

eyes and weight with a few wraps of lead 



Tail    -   6 tan neck hackles

loop of heavy mono to prevent tail from 



Collar -   2 tan neck hackles, palmered.


Over Wing - dark brown marabou


Head - Brown dog underfur, or other "buggy"




Making a dubbed loop


With thread secured to hook, pull bobbin

toward you to create a length of thread 

between you and the hook, about 8 inches

long.  Loop thread around finger, and

return bobbin to hook.

Make thread wraps to secure thread back

onto hook shank, advancing thread to hook 

eye.  Half hitch thread, if you have a bobbin

cradle, let bobbin hang from it.  Wax thread 

with dubbing wax, starting nearest the hook 

begin placing small clumps of dubbing

material between 2 threads of loop until

the length of the loop is filled.

If you have a dubbing spinner, hook it onto 

the end of the loop, if you do not have a 

dubbing spinner, you can use your whip

finish tool, a crochet needle, or anything

that has a small hook in the end.  Rotate

dubbing spinner causing the loop of thread

with dubbing to twist until it has a uniform 

chenille like appearance.

From this point you can palmer dubbed loop

onto hook to form a body or head.





1. Sharpen hook


2.  Tie in eyes on top of hook shank at least

a quarter inch back from hook eye.. or 

if you prefer to not use eyes, tie in

one end of .015 lead wire and make

about 10 - 12 wraps, secure and wrap

over with thread.


3.  Advance thread toward rear of hook, tie

on end of stiff piece of mono in on  

the side of hook shank directly over 

the point of the hook.  pull the other

end of the mono around to the other 

side of hook, forming a loop that 

extends back beyond the rear of 

the hook, perpendicular to the hook.

tie other end of mono off on other 

side of hook shank..


4.  Arrange six tan neck hackles for tail

by making 2 bunches of 3, each

bunch with all 3 hackles facing the

same direction, tie the 2 bunches in

on top of the hook shank facing each

other so they are NOT splayed to

the outside.


5.  Tie a bunch  of dark brown marabou in

   on top of where the tail feathers are 

tied in.


6.  Tie in butt ends of 2 more tan neck 

hackles right in front of where

tied in tail. Palmer forward less

than 1/4 inch, tie off and secure.


7.  Form a dubbing loop with thread by 

pulling your bobbin toward you 

creating a length of thread between

you and the hook that is about 8 

inches long, then passing the bobbin

around your finger and returning it to 

the hook.  Make thread wraps to to 

secure the thread back to the shank, 

and advance the thread on bobbin

to right behind the hook eye and secure.

You should now have an open loop

of thread strung between the hook

and your finger, about 8 inches long.


8.  Wax the thread of the dubbing loop

with dubbing wax.  If you don't have

any, you can substitute almost any

sticky substance like chap stick.  I've 

even used honey in a pinch.


 9.  Begin taking small bunches of dog fur

or other suitable dubbing material

and placing it between the 2 threads

of the dubbing loop, starting nearest

the hook and working your way out.  

Do this until you have the loop filled

with dubbing almost all the way to

your finger.  If you have a dubbing 

spinner, hook it on the end of the 

thread and spin.  If you don't have

a dubbing spinner, you can take a 

whip finisher, hook it onto the end

of the loop, and rotate it causing the 

loop of thread to twist with the dubbing

until the entire length of dubbed thread

has a uniform, chenille like appearance.


 10.  Palmer the dubbing loop around the hook

shank, and over and around the eyes

until a nice fairly uniform head is formed.

When palmering, work from the back to

front.  once a head is formed all the

way to the hook eye, tie off the dubbing 

thread right behind the hook eye, and whip



11.  Use the sharp point of a whip finisher or

pin to pick out the dubbed head making

it full, then use scissors to trim to final




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