Our Man In Canada
April 14th, 2003

Great Canadian Flies


By Arthur James Lingren
From Fly Patterns of British Columbia, Published by Frank Amato Publications. We appreciate use permission.

The 1930s when Tom Brayshaw fished the Little and Adams rivers regularly, he often used the standard-of-the-day patterns such as Jock Scott, Mallard & Silver, Teal & Red, and Bucktail & Silver. His thoughts, however, turned to producing more representative imitations, in both size and colouration, of the migrating sockeye salmon fry which made the Little and Adams rivers' large rainbow trout fly fishing world renowned.

On 10 June 1933, Brayshaw decided to fish Little River with Hugh Mackie. They left Vernon in the early afternoon, arriving on the Little River's fishing grounds about 4 p.m. For the first couple of hours they had no rises, than the fish started taking and Brayshaw says that "we got fish at regular intervals for an hour, he [Mackie] had another of 1 pound 9 ounches and I had four [of] 1 pound 13 ounches, 1 pound 13 ounces, and 14 ounces and 2 pounds 4 ounces." All of Brayshaw's fish were taken on a streamer-type pattern that he detailed with a drawing and notes in his diary.

After landing his first fish of the day, one of 1 pound 9 ounces, and referring to his previous day's catch with his fly, he gave the fly its name and called it "The Bounder." He also commented that he thought that "a variation with Jungle Cock sides might be good."

Brayshaw fished the Little and Adams rivers for nearly two decades and continually altered his patterns to make them better fish catchers. The Bounder and his Golden Pheasant & Silver are the forerunners of Brayshaw's Little River No. 2.


Hook:  Number 2 low-water salmon.

Tail:  A golden pheasant crest feather.

Body:  Flat, silver tinsel.

Throat:  A badger, cock, neck, hackle feather.

Wing:  A few fronds from a peacock's sword feather followed with strips from a golden pheasants center tail feather and strips of blue macaw tail feather and a topping of golden pheasant crest feather.

Originator:  Tom Brayshaw.

Intended Use:  Wet fly for rainbow trout.

Location:  Adams and Little Rivers.
~ Arthur James Lingren

Credits: From Fly Patterns of British Columbia by Arthur James Lingren. We thank Frank Amato Publications, Inc. for use permission!

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