Monday, February 13, 2012

Featured Fly - GD's Czech Cat Nip

With the launch of George Daniel's new book, Dynamic Nymphing, and having added a few of these to my nymph box, I knew this would be the perfect featured fly for my blog. George is a world-renown fly angler, a stand up individual, and a good friend. On top of that his fly patter is a very effective one to have in your arsenal year round. It is a great anchor fly for the winter, having a bit of flash to induce those picky fish hugging the bottom of the river. It works well as a caddis larva, or just a prospecting nymph. 


Hook: TMC 2499 SPBL - sz. 6 - 12
Bead:  Black Tungsten 
Weight: Lead Wire - .020 to .035
Thread: UNI Thread 8/0 - Black 
Rib:  Mono - 8lb
Body: Micro Polar Chenille - Chart. or Olive 
Thorax: Micro Polar Chenille - Black
Shellback: Mottled Oak Thin Skin - Olive 

Step 1: Slide the Tungsten Bead on.

Step 2:  Wrap lead wire 5 or 6 times.

 Step 3: Add the mono for the rib.

Step 4: Tie in the Micro Polar Chenille.

Step 5: Palmer the chenille forward, leaving about 3 wraps for the thorax.

Step 6: Tie in the black Polar Chenille.

Step 7: Wrap 3 or 4 times, tie off.

Step 8: Add the shellback, adjust to length, make one wrap of thread to hold in place.

 Step 9: Wrap the mono securing the shellback, making a rib.

Step 10: Tie off mono, then trim excess shellback. Whip Finish.

Finished Fly:

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