Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paul's February 2015 Fly of the Month

Sluiceway Special

Hook:  Allen Fly Fishing N203 Hook (or scud hook of choice) in sizes #18 to #24.

Tying thread:   Black or brown, 8/0 thread.

Bead:  Black tungsten bead.

Body:  Krystal flash, red or black, coated with ‘hard as nails’ or head cement.

Thorax:  Peacock dubbing.
This is one of my “go to” small nymphs.  Many times I’ll fish a black one and a red one together.  I’ll also fish one of them as a dropper off a dry fly.  This fly can imitate mayflies, caddis, and midges.  It covers it all.  With some minor modifications or additions (such as a tail and legs), it can do it all.  Also, it’s very simple to tie !!
Begin by placing your black tungsten bead on the hook.  Next begin your thread behind the bead and wind down past the bend of the hook.  Tie in 2-3 strands of Krystal Flash.  Advance your thread close to the bead leaving enough room to dub thorax.  At this point you are going to coat the Krystal Flash with ‘hard as nails’.  This will provide bullet proof durability to your fly and provide a nice sheen to the body.  Next dub your thorax with peacock dubbing.  Whip finish the fly at the bead and you’re done.

A fellow fly fisherman by the name of Tim Camissa has a great instructional video on how to tie this pattern.

I also recommend visiting his website at .  It’s a wonderful website chock full of videos on tying some great flies.
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 e-mail me at .  This pattern can also be viewed at .