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Fly of the Month 2017

April 2017

“South Branch Chub”

Tied by Lou DiGena

The South Branch Chub

Here is a little background information on the South Branch Chub from it's originator, Bob Jacklin.

This little sparsely dressed streamer was developed by me for use on small streams for native brook trout in my home state of New Jersey when I was in high school. I would have like to have called it the Little Brook Trout except there was a fly with that name. The little stream I tied it for was the South Branch of the Raritan River. The upper section of this river had a lot of native brook trout, and they were hard to catch. Unlike other buck tails and streamers, this fly was tied sparse and looked like a small minnow or chub, as there was an abundance of chubs in that section of a river.

I named the fly the South Branch Chub after the river I loved to fish. It wasn't until years later when I was living and guiding in the West Yellowstone area that the fly really caught on. The little fly worked great on small streams for small trout. Tied on a size 10 hook and fished in small streams and ponds this fly is second to none. I then tied the fly on a size 8 hook, still sparse, and used it on the spawning run of browns and rainbows in the upper Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. Since that first evening on the Madison about 18 years ago I have caught many large trout on this little-known fly.

Hook:4X Long Model Perfect Bend, #6, #8, and #10
Thread: 6/0 Black Pre-Waxed
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Wing: Black and White Monga Ringtail Hair and Barred Teal Flank Feather
Head: Two Jungle Cock Eyes; Black 6/0 Thread

March 2017

“Water Boatman”

Tied by Ed Kordyla

Water Boatman

The Water Boatman is a stillwater pattern for use in ponds and lakes. This fly is designed as a subsurface pattern, so you can weight the fly with wire when you tie it or you can add split shot to your leader.

Cast out and retrieve the fly in 3 or 4 inch strips, as the natural moves through the water in short spurts.

Hook: Size 12 Scud Hook
Shellback: Mottled Olive Thin Skin
Body: White Chenille in rear and Silver Chenille in front
Legs: Black Round Rubber
Hackle: Black

The water boatman does not have gills like most aquatic insects. It comes to the surface to trap an air bubble and uses it to breath underwater while it searches for food. When the air bubble is used up, it returns to the surface for more air. The silver chenile in the front of the fly represents this air bubble.

February 2017

“Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail”

Tied by Ed Kordyla

BHSH Pheasant Tail

Hook: Standard Nymph hook, size 16
Thread: 6/0 Black
Rib:Small copper wire
Tail & Body: Pheasant Tail fibers
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Brown Speckled Hen Neck
Bead: 3/32 Gold

This beadhead soft hackle pheasant tail is another variation of the pheasant tail nymph. The soft hackle fibers give the fly more movement than the traditional legs. Since mayfly nymphs are in the streams all year long the fly can be fished any time of the year.

January 2017

“Marabou Streamer”

Tied by Ron Ruskai

Marabou Streamer

Hook: TMC 300, size 10-6
Thread: 6/0 Uni black
Tail: Red Hawk fibers
Body: Yellow Dub, Black Dub
Wing: Black over Gray Maribou
Rib: Flat gold tinsel

Tying notes: Use Blood Maribou with thin stems