By Kevin Fancy
Here is a dandy attracter pattern that I have seen work wonders on early
season Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout though it is favored by the Browns
most of the year. Being a big bodied streamer it lends itself well to
being tied with a weighted body to get down to the lower ends of the
thermocline if you happen to be fishing lakes or reservoirs. When
fishing this pattern keep the fly movement slow and allow the current to
push this wide bodied fly around. I have found it quite helpful to tie
a few of these flies with a small stinger hook turned up, protruding
slightly beyond the body for those days when the fish are striking short
out of anger or curiosity.
Hook: Gamakatsu 08106 # 4-8
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Scarlet floss.
Wing: Two yellow and two orange hackle feathers.
Throat hackle: One yellow and one red hackle feather.
Head: Black with optional eyes.
1. At the bend of the hook tie on a small tag of flat silver tinsel. It
is at this point you tie on a stinger hook mounted on a thin piece of
stainless steel wire if you want to.
2. Attach a short piece of oval silver tinsel and allow it to hang
3. Tie on enough scarlet floss to fill the body area and return your
thread to the head of the fly.
4. Wrap floss over the hook stopping just behind the eye and tie off
5. Rib the body with four or five turns of the oval silver tinsel ending
at the head trimming excess.
6. Tie in two bright yellow hackles extending just past the hook bend.
7. Sandwich yellow hackles between two equal sized orange hackles making
sure all four feathers remain upright above the hook. (If feathers lean
to one side or the other the fly will run lop sided or spin when
8. Tie in a yellow cock hackle at the throat and give it a few spins to
form a collar.
9. Tie a red hackle on in front of the yellow collar giving it a few
turns to form a mixed red and yellow collar.
10. Form a small head by whip finishing securing knots with head cement,
then apply black lacquer over to give the fly a black head. Painted
yellow eyes with black centers are an option.
Happy Hooking! ~ Kevin Fancy
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