"Zoo Cougar"
Created and Tied by Kelly Galloup
Troutsman Fly Shop, Traverse City, Michigan
Photos from J. Birkholm

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Fly Tying Terms

The Zoo Cougar has without a doubt been the most productive fly for really big trout I have ever fished. This fly was the first of the floating fly concept and has still been the best of the bunch. A floating fly is a fly designed to be pulled under by the sinking line, as opposed to weighting the fly. This allows the fly to be kicked and pushed by the currents when it's not being stripped, giving the fly a very real and erratic movement. Stop by our Troutsman website or contact me with your questions. ~ Kelly Galloup


Materials List:

Hook: TMC300.

Tail: Yellow marabou.

Body: Pearl sparkle braid.

Underwing: White calf tail.

Wing: One mallard flank dyed yellow.

Collar: Yellow deer tail.

Head: Same yellow deer hair cut full and shaped wide.

Tying Instructions:

1. Tie in the tail material and the sparkle braid.

2. Add the calf tail and the one mallard flank feather, secure thread.

3. Spin a clump of deer hair, clip to leave ends facing back.

4. Fill out the rest of the head, packing hair as needed.

5. Trim the head as in photo.

6. Whip and cement the fly.

Tying Tip

When trimming the head use a 'double-edge' razor blade. Hold the ends of the blade between your thumb and fore-finger and apply enough pressure to cause the blade to 'buckle' and form a small arch. This will give you a nice curve to the shape of the head. Start with the blade at the front and simply ease it back with a slight sawing motion. The hair will fall away as you trim. ~ KG

Kelly and Trout

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