Greg Senyo has helped us design a new version of the Fish-Skull™ articulated shank specifically for tying Intruder-style and other modern steelhead & salmon flies. BUY NOW!
Greg is the owner and operator of Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters, which is an all inclusive educational fly fishing guide service on Lake Erie Tributaries. Check out this great tutorial for Senyo’s Slim Shady tied with the Articulated Shank.
- Simple and easy to tie with.
- 5 vibrant anodized colors (pink, blue, copper-orange, green & black).
- A loop up-eye.
- 2 sizes (25mm & 40mm lengths).
- Will fit the Fish-Skull™ (SM, M and L sizes) and the Fish-Skull™ Sculpin Helmets.
- 20 shanks per pack.
- Stainless steel for saltwater use.
- Match the shank colors with the new colored “Senyo’s Intruder Wire” (available from Hareline) to achieve the ultimate in materials blending.
Senyo’s Articulated Shank Q & A:
Q: Why is this shank simple and easy to tie with?
A: The shank is held straight in any vice avoiding the need to tie the fly at strange angles. It allows a fly tier to easily attach a free-swinging stinger hook or do a direct hook-to-shank connection using the rear loop.
Q: What is the difference between Senyo’s Articulated Shank for Steelhead & Salmon flies and the normal Articulated Shank?
A: Both shanks work very well, but Senyo’s Articulated Shank has been designed with special features that modern steelhead and salmon fly tiers have been asking for. The most significant of these is having a loop up-eye at the front of the shank, stronger wire, a slightly smaller rear loop and the choice of bright, vibrant shank colors that enable fly tiers to take the color blending of materials to a whole new level.
See a side-by-side Articulated Shank Comparison.
Q: Is this shank intended for tying traditional and classic flies?
A: Not really. This shank is intended for the tying of the more contemporary steelhead and salmon flies that have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Examples include Intruder-style and various types of articulated Alaskan-style flies used for catching Pacific salmon species. However, if you enjoy tying classics then combining these techniques with the shank may offer some interesting possibilities for new flies.
Q: What is Senyo’s Intruder Wire?
A: Intruder Wire is a new product that is produced by Hareline Dubbin which we highly recommend as a perfect compliment to Senyo’s Articulated Shank for Steelhead & Salmon Flies. The range is available in 8 different colors which allows you to achieve the ultimate in materials color blending by matching the Intruder Wire + Articulated Shank + Materials! The wire is available in “regular” size for hooks size 4 or larger and “thin” diameters for hook sizes 6 and smaller.