How often have I said that small variations in a known fly can lead to great results with time passed on the same waters! In September 2015, Article 227, I described my Newage Leech as a great Cariboo area fly. While I still have a lot of confidence in this pattern, recently a similar fly produced wonderfully well on a favourite Cariboo Lake! I do believe it is the thin scud back tail that flutters a bit as the fly is slowly trolled that triggers a strike response to those bright lake rainbows!
Recently, with the easing of COVID restrictions, I spent a great three day weekend with two of my sons and families at our Canim Lake summer camp. Among many activities, we managed a short fishing trip to Bobbs Lake which is within a dozen kilometers of our camp. While two of my sinking line fly rods and of course, my hand tied flies were used, I did none of the fishing, only offering a bit of advice here and there. In fact, I had expected to run my 5 HP Mercury outboard but 11 year old grandson Xander, did most of the operating and I might add, a good job too! Therefore, one rod was the sole responsibility of soon to be 8 years old, Max, and the second rod was held by his Dad, Trevor. We only did one short turn of the lake, less than an hour, and the score was two nice fish landed by Max and 6 more lost by a combination of Xander and Trevor. My guess is that the fish were striking at the moving fly tail and therefore were lightly hooked resulting in the high loss rate, although Trevor did lose one with a broken 5 pound leader! Oh yes, what about the flies the boys were using? They were similar to the new age leech but featured a bright brown bead and a red/black Arizona simi-seal body. Below is the tying description for you to try it!
The following image shows 7 year old Max proudly holding one of his two fish landed at Bobbs Lake with dad Trevor and brother Xander!
Start by crimping the hook barb and slide a 7/64 redish brown brass bead through to the hook eye. Then attach the 1/8 inch strip of light brown scudback plastic to the hook shank allowing it to flow back about a full body length. Note the tail in the fly shown may be a little long perhaps causing a high loss rate for us? Anyway, next dub a body of red/black simi-seal hook bend to the bead. At this location, complete the fly with a couple of turns of black hackle feather, forcing it to the rear as you tie it in. Finish with a drop of clear cement and you have just completed a proven winner! As an observation, the only other fisherman on the lake when we were there was skunked so 8 fish hooked in less than an hour does prove something about this fly!
|Monthly Fly Tying Articles from November 1996|
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