I have used this pattern for still water and river trouting. However on rivers I appear to get more success with smaller leaded versions particularly on fast flowing streams under colder water conditions.


Hooks: Standard shank sizes 14 to 8. However some anglers do tie this pattern on long shank hooks normally size 10 and obtain good results.

Working silk: dark brown

Body: One brown and one olive ostrich herl that are twisted together to form a rope.

Body rib: gold tinsel

Tail: four natural peacock herls that are also used to form the back and head.


1. Wind on working silk starting mid body to the start of the bend of the hook.

2. Tie in the peacock herls making sure that you leave enough to form a tail.

3. Tie in mixed ostrich herls and tinsel.

4. Apply varnish to the hook shank.

5. Whilst the varnish is still wet wind on the ostrich herl rope to about 1/4 inch from the eye. Tie off the ostrich herl and trim off surplus.

6. Wind the tinsel on in open turns and tie off at the same spot as ostrich herl. Cut off the surplus tinsel.

7. Bring the peacock herl over the body and tie down.

8. Twist the peacock herl together and wind on to form a head. Tie off and finish off with a whip finish.