Paul's Covid Cure
Hook: Daiichi 1120, or TMC 2457, or TMC 2487 #14 Curved Nymph/Emerger hook. (I prefer the TMC 2487)
Bead: Tungsten Rainbow Bead, either 2.4 mm or 2.8 mm.
Body: Black UTC medium wire.
Rib: Red UTC small wire.
Finish: Coat the entire fly with UV resin.
I started tying and fishing this fly this past spring. Boy has it produced fish. It’s a very easy and simple fly to tie. Consisting of only 3 materials – red wire, black wire, and a rainbow bead. Last fall I fished a wet fly constructed with a black & red wire wrapped down the hook shank with a soft hackle. I caught a lot of fish on it. I wanted to continue to fish this red wire/black wire combo in other fly designs and came up with this ‘sort of’ perdigon fly. I didn’t put a tail on it. Just wanted to test fish it first and found the fish loved it. This fly sinks like a rock and really gets down. Once finished with UV Resin, it’s very iridescent.
To tie this fly, begin by placing your bead on the hook. I’ve used both 2.4 & 2.8 mm beads for this pattern. Tie in your red wire to be used for the rib. I tie it in behind the bead and wrap down the bend of the hook past the hook point. Next bring your thread back behind the bead. Tie in your black wire and wrap down the bend of the hook to where your red wire begins. With your thread, create a slim tapered body. Return your thread behind the eye. With your black wire, make even and tight wraps around the hook shank all the way to the eye. Tie it off and ‘helicopter’ or trim off the tag end. Now with your red wire, wrap it up the body in the opposite direction, creating an evenly segmented body. Tie it off and ‘helicopter’ or trim off the tag end. Whip finish the fly. Now apply your favorite UV resin to the fly. Cure it, and you’re done.
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