Special contributor tutorial w/ Alex Matheson: The Yarnie NATOR

Posted: August 13, 2012 by Hellcat in Fish Reports, Fly Fishing, Gear Fishing, Salmon, Trout & Steelhead, Tutorials
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This tutorial contributed to AllAroundAngler.com by Alex Matheson.

Step 1: To Start cut a 4-6 inch piece of leader and form a loop. Pass this loop through the eye with the tag ends pointing towards the bend in the hook. The loop ahead of the Eye should be at least 1 inch in diameter if not slightly larger.

Step 2: Now take your leader what ever length you like to fish, I always use 4ft and cut to match conditions and pass through the eye of the hook and leave the tag end just slightly longer that your loop ends.

Step 3: Now proceed to tie your normal Egg loop with at least 10 wraps over the loop you passed through the eye. Ensure that all the wraps are over your tag ends. See all four pics at right for clarification.

Step 4: Snug up your egg loop tight to your liking

Step 5: Add your Yarn and lock into position by pull the two short tag ends near the bend of the hook. Trim tag ends to desired length, I like ¼ to ½ inch in case I want to re-tighten my yarnie.

Step 6: The next step is optional but very helpful when fishing bait with your Yarnie-NATOR. Open your egg loop and pull the leader all the way through the eye of the hook. Then add a single small bead and thread the leader back through the eye. This makes opening the bait loop with frozen or gloved fingers much easier.

Step 7: The Picture at right is rigged with a 3 inch pink worm and is my favorite way to fish the NATOR.

Alex Matheson


At this point you can trim the yarnie if you like a nice clean look or leave it loose like a rag, the best part is, the hook is completely un obscured so even fishing a chunk of prawn or fish pills with your yarnie leaves the hook point clean to hit it’s mark…

Fish at right along with 4 others were taken on a black and purple Yarnie-NATOR fished with 3inch pink worm and Bloody Tuna scent this winter on an north oregon coastal river.

Alex Matheson can be found on Facebook under his name or from my friends list (Christopher Heller)

  1. Hippie Kicker says:

    I do believe im going to be tying a few of these up tonight and trying it out

  2. daheller says:

    Very slick and looks especially deadly. Thanks for sharing. Sal

  3. Hellcat says:

    Thank you for commenting Hippie Kicker and Sal!!!

  4. Great tutorial. Although I am a big fan of just yarnies, sometimes its nice to be able to add a bit of bait to it for that extra punch. The good thing about this rig, is that you are always fishing, if you get snagged and have to pop the slinky off of a rock or something you dont have to wonder if you knocked the eggs off and are fishing on credit during a drift. The yarnie alone will still get the job done 🙂

  5. The Stunner says:

    Great idea Alex thanks for sharing

  6. jason says:

    Cool way to tie them for sure. Have to try it.

  7. Raynman says:

    Very tight app.. What a great way to add some extra flavor to a tried n true tactic.. Thanks Alex

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