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  • Hook: Dai-Riki 075 #14
  • Thread: GSP 50 Deiner White
  • Bead: Craft Store Bead
  • Weight: 10 Turns of .15
  • Rib: SM Black Ultra Wire
  • Over Body: 12 Strands of Black Krystal Flash
  • Body: 85% Black/15% Peacock Ice Dub
  • Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle (Oversized)
  • Collar: Peacock Ice Dub

Begin the fly by crimping the barb, placing your bead and adding the turns of .15 weight. I prefer to prep a dozen hooks with the bead and weight before beginning, it will save you a bit of time. Begin the thread behind the bead, leave a gap between the weight and the bead so material can occupy this space later in the process. Secure the weight to the shank and work the tying thread to just past the hook barb. Tie in a stretch of SM Black Ultra Wire, then tie in 12-15 strands of Black Krystal Flash. In previous versions I have also incoporated 6 or so strands of peacock herl tied in after the flash and brought over the body then covered with the Krystal Flash. Prepare in advance a mixture of 85% Black and 15% Peacock Ice Dubbing, dub a “houseflyish” looking body, it can be a bit on the rounder side, this is supposed to imitate perhaps a drowned Black Fly, Beetle or other terrestrial that trout may be exposed to. Once the body is finished bring forward the strands of Krystal Flash and secure them to the top of the fly forming the overbody. Clip the excess Flash and wrap the Black Ultra wire forming the rib (3-4 Wraps), this keeps the fly strong so it is able to catch several fish before the body begins to disintegrate. Tie in the hackle feather and make 1-2 turns then tie off and clip the excess. To finish this fly I use a very small amount of Peacock Ice dubbing wrapped 3-4 times right behind the bead to force the hackle back a bit and to hide the tying thread. Whip finish and pull the thread tight behind [singlepic id=1812 w=320 h=240 float=right]the hook, this is why I use the GSP here. The strength of the thread allows me to pull it tight behind the bead without the thread breaking. This also keeps it safe from trout teeth so it does not need to be sealed with glue or head cement.

I was introduced to this fly through On The Fly Guiding, a local guide service that also provides helpful Driftless Area information including fly patterns for Southeast Minnesota. Hearing chatter of this productive pattern I had to tie my own, I put my usual spin on the situation and afterwards I had a very productive summer pattern at the end of my line. This fly imitates a drowned terrrestrial and during the summer months it can be particularly effective. Be prepared to have it hit right as it enters the water. Good luck.


  1. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’ve been pondering a bluebottle, or house fly, imitation for a few years now. Have tried a few stabs at a pattern, caught some fish with them, but have never been happy with the fussiness of tying the patterns I’ve come up with. This is the fly fly! I tweeked your tie a bit: used large black holo tinsel for the shellback and blue wire for the rib.
    I live in Colorado now, but used to live on the St. Croix river and loved fishing the driftless area as well as W. & N. Wisconsin & the U.P.
    Thanks for the great website,

    avatar Jim Anderson
    1. Thanks Jim, The black holo tinsel and the blue wire would look excellent! I’ll have to pick up those materials and tie a few up looking like that. This fly wails and has been fishing well this season. Hope all is well in Colorado, glad you like the site. Take care.

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