So many of our still water flies are similar in makeup yet subtle construction changes can sometimes mean the difference between a fishless day or not! This was the case when I was seeking late season brookies near Kelowna this fall. For some reason, a small lake stocked with Eastern Brook Trout produced only light taps using conventional flies but a change to a new fly, at least for me, produced some amazing results. The fly we will inspect for December is exactly what those brookies wanted. How did I know? A simple change for no other reason that it was a new fly in my hand tied collection produced vigorous strikes rather than light taps so this fly is definitely worth sharing as my Christmas gift for you!
Start by crimping the hook so that you can force a slightly oblong orange bead past the hook bend. Next tie in a fairly thick tail of brown marabou. Just forward of the tail, wind brown dubbing of any kind or brown mohair to cover the back third of the hook shank, then slide the orange bead tight against this, approximately mid shank. I now tie in a thin grizzly hackle tip first at this point, followed by winding medium orange chenille from the bead to the hook eye. The final step is to palmer the grizzly hackle forward to the hook eye. Before tying off, as with most of my flies, I back wrap through the hackle to the bead and then back to the eye with my clear monofilament thread taking great care not to distort the grizzly hackle. This provides strength to the fly and the clear mono does not distort the body colour. Whip finish, cement and for some unknown reason, the mid bead fly works better for brookies than a normal head beaded fly, at least for me!
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