The "Big Easy"

January 12, 2017

Any fly fisherman passionate about the sport will inevitably become an accomplished fly tier. The need to turn fluff and feathers into “Fishing Gods” whether they be realistic imitations or over the top attractor patterns is what constantly pushes me to find new materials to dress hooks with. One of these gems I stumbled across about 6 months ago while rummaging around a sewing/knitting shop in Pietermaritzberg looking for glass beads. It's Called" Plume" and not only did it spawn the idea for the fly I call "The Big Easy" (because its real easy to tie) but has also added an arsenal of decent Trout n Bass catching flies to my box. 

 

It comes in a multitude of different colours, you get 50 m of the stuff and best of all, it's as cheap as chips....result!

 

I particularly took a shining to the "Tuscan Olive" which on closer inspection has three different shades of olive green single iridescent fine strands running along it

Take a decent clump of brown or Olive marabou the same length as the hook shank (Mustad size 2 streamer hook) & tie onto the back near the bend. Add a blob of head cement. Again I don't see the need for a strand of Krinkle flash here as the Plume has enough iridescence to not warrant any.

Cut a length of plume that will have at least two colour variations running through it and then tie on directly over the tied off Marabou. Then Palmer (Wrap) around the hook all the way along the hook shank. Keep the wraps tight but directly in front of each other or the plume will splay out, which isn't what you're looking for.

Whip finish and add a blob of head cement. Then take a black water resistant marker pen and darken the tips of the marabou. Fish this fly at varying speeds on an intermediate line. I tie this fly in two sizes, This longer version for Bass at 60 mm

 And this smaller version at 30 mm long for Trout. 

 

 

 

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