There are some wonderful big fish lakes in my home province of British Columbia. Quesnel, Shuswap, Kootenay and Okanagan Lakes come to mind. Although I seldom venture east to Kootenay Lake, its majestic waters and huge Gerrard Rainbows hold special fascination for me! Some years back I was treated to a trip by my friend Herb Fitchett whose Father had a home near Proctor on Kootenay Lake. The late season weather was great, just a joy to be on the water! We tried different lures at varying trolling speeds but did not have success that day. I was impressed however, with a smaller bucktail fly that according to locals, accounted for more than a few of the large Gerrards! I have tried to recreate this fly with more modern materials as best as I can remember. I think for any of you big fish, big lake fishermen, it is well worth a look!
Crimp the hook barb and slide the large black bead bead through to the hook eye. Next apply a layer of light green super hair just behind the bead extending well past the hook bend. Perhaps the secret of the fly is the next step, a few strands of brown barred sili legs or super floss rubbery material placed on each side of the hook shank, just behind the bead. Let this soft material dangle down but when trolled, it flares back in a wavering fashion to attract those big bows! Continue with a layer of clear, tinted flashabou, another layer of light green super hair and finish the wing by topping it with a curved brown mottled turkey feather. Cement, tie off, and you have made a big fish fly which I call the Kootenay Turkey!
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