What happened here, on a recent Memorial Day float in my pontoon boat on the Bull River in Montana, I was doing a little experimenting. In my usual "honey hole", nothing was hitting on top. I had tied up a skunk pattern to use on a June/July float on the Kootenai River with friend and fellow Idaho Fly Fishers Association member, Paul (Hopper) Spear. Paul is a new convert to Idaho fly fishing and we frequently fish together even though he lives in PA. I was hoping this new/old pattern might catch some good Kootenai rainbow, brown and maybe a bull. The results of my experiment were two cutties over 16 inches then a break off. That to me is a successfly 1 hour float.
If you are a used to tying wolly buggers, this is a very easy pattern to tie. Instructions are as follows. PS-Paul, I'll have plenty of these ready for you and the Kootenai.
|Black thread on a 1-0 long shank hook.|
|Add grizzly hackle. Tie in small end.|
|Tie in large black chenille..|
|Add wire for weight and wrap almost to eye.|
|Wrap chenille forward and tie behind eye.|
|Wrap hackle forward and tie in behind eye. |
Multiple wraps for head, half hitch then
add head cement. Done!