I first used this pattern several years ago when I fished Tree Meadow Fishery at Hayle in Cornwall. At the time I was on a family holiday in Falmouth with my wife, Virginia. We had spent several days touring and sight seeing. I wanted a change and looked in the "Get Hooked" publication that covers fishing in the South West for a suitable venue. Tree Meadow was the venue I selected. When I arrived I found two good sized lakes full of gin clear water with plenty of space on the bank. I walked round to find a point near a bay where I set up the limited amount of tackle that I had been able to pack into the car. The rod was a 8 1/2ft travel fly rod. Most of my tackle was stored in the pockets of my fishing waistcoat. The rod was set up with a double taper number 4 floater with a long leader of 41b b.s. line. The fly was one of Lee Kitchens black gold bead tadpole tied on a number 12 hook.

I cast out, varying the sinking times until I found the correct taking depth. The fish were fairly deep down and a very slow retrieve was required to get a take. After half an hour I had my first take and made contact with a good rainbow that put up a terrific fight before being landed and weighed at 51b 2oz. The fish was in perfect condition. However, it was my second fish that really caused me concern as I could see this orange shape on my line. I thought that I had caught the owners pet golden orfe and was going to need to apologise for catching it. To make matters worse owner, John Hodge appeared behind me to comment "That's a nice golden rainbow". As I carefully netted it, I could clearly see the trout fins. It was my first ever golden rainbow.

Naturally out came the Olympus mju camera for a trophy shot that turned out perfect. This brilliant little camera could not be better as it doubles up as the family and fishing camera.

I then shortened the leader and started to walk round the fishery to see if I could stalk a few fish. When I reached the far end, I could see a good fish close in. I took cover and placed the tadpole a few feet in front of the fish. As it moved by, I quickly pulled the fly up from the bottom directly in front of it. The fish took and I was soon playing another nice rainbow that went just over 41b. Later I took another rainbow of 2 1/21b to complete my limit.

Considering that I was on holiday with very limited tackle this catch was most pleasing.

The black gold bead tadpole has produced both big rainbows and brown trout and has proved to be a very consistent performer.

Materials: Hook-Sprite sproat size 12 or 10. Tying thread-black. Cock hackle-grizzly. Tail-Black marabou. Body-Black seals fur substitute. Gold bead - 3 or 4mm. Rib gold wire-size 25

Tying Instructions:


Step 1
Slide bead on to the hook. Start tying thread from just behind the
bead and take thread down to bend. Tie in marabou tail. Take thread
back to just before bead.

Step 2

Tie in hackle by the stalk and not the tip. Take thread back to bend
and tie in ribbing wire. Dub seals fur sub on to tying thread and wind
till you reach the bead.

Step 3

Take hackle and wind two turns just behind the bead and in open
turns to the bend. Take ribbing wire through the hackle again in open
turns. Finish off with a couple of tight turns behind bead and cut off
surplus wire and thread.

For all fly dressing materials and flies tied by Lee Kitchen

contact lee@troutflies.freeserve.co.uk