Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Fly Of The Week
Whenever I see the bows rising at Blue River, this fly always comes to mind. And...this pattern has brought me countless moments of joy in trying to capture those sipping bows.
It's a very simple tie consisting of only a few materials. You can tie it in sizes ranging from 16 - 24 (if you're that good). Generally I fish small patterns size 20 or 22 and I always tie on an extra long length of light tippet to absorb the shock of the sudden takes.
When fishing this fly you'll have to keep constant eye contact with the end of your tippet or where you think the fly is. It's quite difficult to see unless you have very good eyesight. Of course, expect a strike during the drift but if none come your way don't be afraid to drown the fly in the swing and let set for few seconds. Quite often, the strike will come at the end.
I also tie this pattern in the colors red and olive and next to black, the color red has produced well.
The body is simple black antron dubbed on the hook. the hackle is black cock hackle, and the wing is either white antron or white siliconized poly-p yarn. Of course the thread is black and best size is 8/0.
Even though it's called a midge pattern it can simulate a black gnat also.
It's a killer pattern when the conditions are right.