Hook: 3X long Nymph hook. (Size #6 to #10 hook.)
Tying thread: Black 6/0 or 140-denier thread.
Weight (Optional): 6-8 wraps of lead free wire or a brass or tungsten bead.
Collar: Gold Utra Wire, small (Or use color of choice.)
Tail: Speckld Golden Olive Coq de Leon fibers or Pheasant rump feather fibers.
Body: Brown-olive rabbit-fur dubbing. (or peacock herl or chenille).
Thorax: Brown-olive SLF dubbing.
Hackle: Speckled Golden Olive Coq de Leon Feather or Pheasant rump feather fibers.
Head: Tying Thread.
Kudos to my fly fishing friend Mike Lombardo for reminding me about this fly. I had tied it many years ago but alas, it’s a forgotten fly in one of my boxes. So glad he reintroduced it to me again. This pattern was originally developed in the Canadian West. It was created by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Loyd A. Day of British Columbia back in 1925. It’s an old & traditional fly that works both in still water & rivers. Although it can represent a variety of fish foods, it’s best known as a damselfly & dragon fly imitation. Numerous material substitutions can be made to tie this pattern. I’ve offered some of these alternatives in the recipe above. When tied in bright colors it’s a much used steelhead fly.
Begin by starting your thread behind the eye of the hook. (If you so desire you can add weight to the hook or slide a brass or tungsten bead behind the eye.) Wrap it to the bend of the hook. At the bend of the hook tie in approximately 6-12 Coq de Leon fibers (or use pheasant flank fibers) for your tail. The length of the tail should equal the length of the hook shank. Next, tie in your gold ultra wire rib. You’re now going to dub your body of Brown-Olive rabbit-fur dubbing. Leave enough room behind the eye for your Thorax and hackle. Bring and wrap your rib forward to create an even segmented body. Tie & clip off the wire. Next, dub your Thorax with Brown-olive SLF dubbing. Next, select a Coq de Leon feather (or pheasant flank feather) for your hackle. The fibers of the feather should be at least a hook shank in length. Strip the bottom of the feather stem before tying it in. Sweep the fibers of the feather back and make two (2) wraps of the feather. Tie and cut the excess feather off. Create a finished bulbous head on the fly. Cut your thread and apply head cement.
As previously stated you can make numerous material substitutions with this pattern. A much used version has a body made of peacock herl (see picture above). Another alternative is to create the body by wrapping chenille. The variations & colors are endless.
Tight line has an excellent instructional video on how to tie this fly below:
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or at email@example.com .