It’s built to create a disturbance near the surface, which is a great way of bringing those wild trout up to investigate.
A floating line will see this fly perform best; however, don’t make the mistake of getting stuck in a rut. Anglers experimenting with ghost and midge-tip lines have taken many brownies. These lines allow the flies to be trundled just under the surface, which is a tactic that seems to make those shy fish a little less wary.
Fish this pattern similar to a Muddler and you’ll have a great day’s sport.

Hook: Kamasan B160, size 10
Thread: Black
Body: Pearl Lurex or tinsel
Legs: Knotted pheasant tail fibres
Hackles: Grizzle in front of natural game cock

How To Tie The Fly 

1. Secure the hook in the vice so that the barb of the hook is visible. Run on some tying thread, nearly equal to half the length of the shank.
2. Take a 4in to 6in length of the pearl tinsel or Lurex and secure with tying thread.
3. Wind the material down to the bend of the hook and then back up over itself before securing with thread. Trim the excess material.
4. At both sides of the hook shank, secure in three or more knotted legs. Trim away the butt ends and tidy up the thorax area.
5. Secure in the game cock hackle by the stalk and trim the excess.
6. Wind the hackle around the hook shank three or four times, secure with the tying thread and trim the waste ends.
7. Again, with the second hackle, secure by the stalk and trim the tag end.
8. Wind the hackle around the shank three or four times up to a point just behind the eye of the hook. Secure and trim the excess.
9. Whip finish and add a touch of varnish to finish the fly.

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