For this pattern, we are going to give credit where its due because this fly catches fish like crazy and one of our favorites. Anytime we get to new water, or just plain want to catch fish, we tie on this pattern. It’s easy to tie and very effective. Lance Egan came up with the pattern and Devin Olsen introduced it to us. I personally make sure I have plenty of these flies in my fly box at all times. Gilbert often drools at the site of my fly box when he opens it up to see LOTS of frenchies! Tie lots of these and experiment with some different colors of dubbing for the collar to suit your needs and find the most effective color for your own waters and please, let us know just how many fish you catch with this pattern. You will not be disappointed!!!
hook: scud hook size 14-18
bead: gold or copper tungsten
tail: coq de leon or your favorite tailing material
abdomen: natural pheasant tail
rib: copper wire size br
collar: hot pink ice dubbing, or your favorite dubbing of any color
This summer is just flying by and we are sorry that we have not updated the blog more. It’s been busy for both Gilbert and I, and any extra time we have we find ourselves on the water. But, the tip for today is all about coq de leon hackle. I had heard quite a bit about other tyers using this material, mainly for tails on nymphs. I decided that I should find some and give it a try.
After some time on the tying table using this coq de leon and giving it a try on the water, both me and Gilbert kept on looking at each other and saying, “wow, the fly still has a tail!!”. It’s easy to tie with and very durable in the water. I have been substituting coq de leon on a lot of my flies, especially my mayfly patterns.
I have had the best success finding coq de leon on the internet. Just make a google search to find it. Some of the places are often times sold out, so look around and find some. You will not be sorry!!!