Without a doubt, Barry Driemel is one of the best distance trap shooters in British Columbia. Some years ago, I met Barry at one of the Vancouver Island shoots which he attended on a frequent basis as he and his wife Ruth resided near Port Albernie. In those days, Barry was a regular steelhead and salmon fisher on those great Vancouver Island rivers such as the Somass and the Stamp! A few years ago, Barry and Ruth moved to the Armstrong area where he has continued his excellent trap shooting at the North Okanagan Trap and Skeet club and also does some trout fishing when time permits.
Since we are both members of the above mentioned Vernon shooting club, I see Barry fairly often. Not long ago, Barry showed me the remnants of a fly that he had great success with at Nimpo Lake in the Chilcotin. Those large slashing rainbows literally chewed the fly to pieces so Barry, knowing that I was a fly tier, asked if I could reconstruct it and perhaps tie him a few more. "Certainly," I said, "If I can see it, I can tie it!" In no time I rebuilt the original and also made several more copies for Barry. Although I have never fished or seen this fly before, I really like the look of it and wish to share this pattern with you! Let's call it the Driemel fly!
First crimp the hook barb and slide a large orange glass or ceramic bead to the hook eye. Follow this with a clump of soft black craft fur for the tail and clip fairly short. Mix in a few strands of green krystal flash the same length as the tail. Next attach a piece of medium green or peacock crystal chenille to the hook shank. Wind the chenille forward hook bend to the bead at the hook eye and tie off. The final step is to select a long black thin saddle hackle and half hitch it just behind the orange bead. Wind one turn here then carefully wind the feather back with about 1/8 inch gaps to the hook bend at the tail. The advantage of using invisible thread comes to play here as now you can back wrap the thread through the palmered hackle to the tail without distorting or changing the appearance of the hook body. Make a couple of very tight turns of the invisible thread at the tail and then carefully wrap the thread forward to the hook bead and tie off there. This ensures that the hackle will not easily come apart when fish strike at the fly! A dab of cement here will finish the fly. I think it is a winner so good luck with the Driemel Fly!
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