My friends and I have had good success with mainly rainbows from many reservoirs and other stillwaters. As with many lures, it appears to be at its best when the trout are fry feeding late in the season.
My old teacher, Freddie Rice used to tie a variant that had black marabou replacing the natural grey squirrel tail hairs in the original. This version also worked well with many of my friends believing that it out-performed the Bob Church original. However when fishing down deep on reservoirs I preferred the tandem version and used them regularly when I was fishing reservoirs in the late seventies and early eighties. This version accounted for some big over wintered rainbows and browns.
Another version that has worked well is the mini lure tied on a size ten short-shank hook. This worked well for me in high summer on the reservoirs when all other patterns failed. It often worked well as the 'fly of last resort'!
Most hook sizes can be used but a size 8 long shank appears to be the most popular size. Other materials include; white chenille, dark green cock hackle fibres, silver mallard breast fibres, oval silver tinsel, black thread, white marabou herl and natural grey squirrel tail fibres.
1. Wind on working silk from just behind the eye to the bend of the
2. Mix green cock hackle fibres with an equal quantity of silver
mallard fibres. Tie them in to form a tail.
3. At the same point tie in the white chenille and oval silver tinsel. |
4. Wind on the silk to a point about of just under ah inch from the
5. Wind the chenille on in tight turns and tie in.
6. Wind the oval tinsel on in wide open turns and tie off. The body is now complete.
7. Tie in a beard of the same mixed fibres as the tail.
8. Tie in a good spray of marabou herl on top.
9. Tie in squirrel tail fibres over the marabou and finish with a whip finish to form a head.
Some anglers paint eyes on the head but there is serious doubt
whether this in practice improves the performance of the fly.