Don's Fly Tying - Woods Kokanee Fly

[Woods Kokanee Fly]

We will continue with Bill shea's NHL Canadian sport team flies at a later date. Meanwhile, I have a fly for present lake conditions that is dynamite for Kokanee Salmon, that smaller lake bound version of sockeye salmon. While I have caught Kokanee on flies in the past, most fishermen use attractors such as a willow leaf gang troll with a worm or maggot. Woods Lake lies just north of my home in Kelowna and is known for sizable populations of fairly large Kokanee. A friend suggested using an orange simulator type fly with a fast sink wet line for these bright lake bound salmon. On sunny bright days, I was told to try the same pattern in chartreuse or radiant pink so never to discard rumours about a good fly, I tied several in all three colours. To my pleasant surprise, I found the orange pattern worked very well with over a dozen strikes in two hours of fishing. So well in fact that I want to share the pattern with you for our June fly tying article!



Start with a thin tail of groundhog hair. I like groundhog because of the white tips but more readily found gray or red squirrel is a good substitute. Next form the rear body with orange wool tied fairly thin. Stop just over half way to the hook eye and at this point, tie a top wing of elk hair. Trim the butt ends of the elk hair, tie down firmly and then continue wrapping the orange wool forward to the hook eye. Now back wind your invisible tying thread about half way to the wing and tie in a full grizzly hackle here. Select a short fiber hackle and make about two complete turns. You should have a short length of the orange wool between this hackle and the hook eye. Cement, tie down and you have finished a great Kokanee fly. On sunny days, try chartreuse or radiant pink for the fly body.

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