Don's Fly Tying - the Black O'Lindsay Wet Fly

[Black O'Lindsay Wet Fly]

The Black O'Lindsay is an old time BC fly, developed as a grasshopper imitation for late summer trout fishing in the Thompson River. Judge Black of Lindsay, California, is generally thought to be the creator of this pattern. The fly we are tying in this article is one of the variations of the original which was devised as an attractor pattern for BC Interior lakes. It can be used at all depths to seek out big rainbow trout and at times, I have found the pattern to be very successful. I recall a pack trip into Grizzly Lake which we fished with very slow results. Near the end of that lake, however, we noticed a trail leading a short distance to another smaller lake that was just boiling with trout activity. We did not have a dry line for surface fishing so a little experimenting with wet flies soon changed to exciting action when we tried the Black O'Lindsay attractor pattern. Perhaps the fly was close enough to imitate sedge pupa which were active under the surface. In any event, I have always carried a few Black O'Lindsay patterns in my flybox ever since that outing and it is the subject of this month's fly tying article.



Attach your tying thread to the hook shank and tie in a thin grizzly hackle feather tail about 1/4 inch long. Secure about a three inch piece of gold wire or tinsel to the hook shank and leave it projecting past the hook bend. Next attach a fairly thin piece of yellow wool to the hook shank and wind it forward to the hook eye and tie off. Then wrap the tinsel forward in about 5 to 7 turns to the hook eye and also tie off. The blue hackle feather can then be tied in as a single throat hackle or, my preference is to wind a turn or two of blue hackle in at the hook eye and strip away the fibers on each side of the hook. Leave the fibers underneath for a throat hackle and the remainder flowing back along the top of the shank to form a third underlay for the wing. Next attach the peacock sword feathers to form the second underlay of the wing and finish the wing with an overlay of mallard flank feathers. Try to keep the wing feathers in each step flowing back, close to the hook shank and no longer than the end of the tail. You can wind in a few turns of peacock herl for an optional head, tie off, cement, and you have finished a fine attractor pattern for western rainbow trout!

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