Our Man From Canada

COWDUNG VARIANT

Tim Barker - November 6, 2011

I first saw this pattern a number of years ago in Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine, without a tutorial. It is by Colorado tier Eric Pettine and the fly reminded me of some off-the-wall soft hackle that I had tied up for the water pictured below, quite some time ago. That one employed partridge for the hackle, a copper bead behind it, light olive thorax, rusty brown abdomen with a copper brown, wire rib. It was the only pattern that consistently took fish when the water in here was raging from bank to bank. There was no "getting out" in those flows; I was restricted to working the bank on the side of the river I had parked on. That above fly accounted for a lot of Rainbows and one Brown that LDR'd me…it may have been over six lbs.

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker
The Stillwater River, MT. in early July with high run off, making crossing impossible…

 

Materials:

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

The variations on this simple pattern are limitless - abdomen, wire, KF or Midge Flash, thorax and hackle just pick "what floats thy boat."

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Place bead on hook, small opening forward…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

4 turns of lead or lead sub. and break off ends or use nail clippers…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Attach Ultra thread, wrap and snare wire end (behind bead), wrap towards bend a couple of turns and half hitch…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Tie in wire first, then midge flash, wrap back to deep in the bend of the hook…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Flatten the Olive Ultra thread by twisting it counter clockwise and bring it forward behind the bead – half hitch. Then, twist the midge flash over the wire clock wise 14-18 times and grasp in rubber tipped hackle pliers. Wrap wire and midge flash over the abdomen counter clock wise (towards tier) 5-6 turns…tie off at thorax point, clip wire and midge flash with nail clippers…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Better photo of wire and midge flash prior to wrapping…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Coat abdomen with "Hard as Nails", Flexament or Aquaflex…This is for durability from Trout teeth and a dash of translucence…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Let the coating product FULLY DRY…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Wet the thread with saliva (yummy) and add a THIN portion of Peacock SLF Prism…half hitch thread and add whip finish, 3-4 turns…push bead against dubbing…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Tie in Tiemco 16/0, Olive thread in front of bead then tie in India Hen Neck feather…I use the whole feather, I do not strip it on one side and I tie it in by the butt where the barbules give better action…make 1 1/2 -2 wraps…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker

Stroke the feathers back after adding a half hitch…wet fingers if it helps – then whip finish holding the feathers to the rear with the left hand (if right handed)…

FOTW - Cowdung variant - Tim Barker
12. Coat the head with head cement…I like this stuff and push a needle through the eye of the hook while it dries…



Tim Barker / PlanetTrout
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