I often tink of this fly as the baby brother to the wooly bugger. Lead weight in the body of this fly helps keep it close to the bottom of the stream or lake. It is tied to imitate either caddis larva or nymphs. The long length of the hackle gives the fly dynamic action in the water.
- Mustad 79580 streamer hook size 8-14
- Lead wire
- Red wool
- Grizzly hackle
- Copper wire
- Black Chinille
- 6/0 Uni-thread
Tie on your thread and take it to the bend of the hook. Tie in a small amount of red wool. Use a pin to tease the wool into a uniform tail shape.
Tie in a piece of copper wire, and a length of grizzly hackle. The hackle should be tied in first, as it will be the last material applied to the fly.
Take about 1 inch of .15 lead wire, and wrap it onto the hook. Add a drop of cement to secure the lead. Take 2 pieces of peacock herl. Tie in the herl by the tips and wrap the herl around the thread.
Wrap the thread and herl around the shaft of the hook to the eye, and tie off the herl. Add a half hitch to secure the herl. Trim the excess herl. Wrap the copper wire to the eye and tie it off. Trim the excess.
Lastly wrap the grizzly hackle to teh head of the fly, tie it in and trim the excess. Whip finish the head, and apply cement. Trim the tail to about 1/2 an inch.