Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Delektable Lil' Spanker

If I ever cross paths with Ben Romans I am gonna buy that man a beer!  I have been working my way through his book Montana's Best Fly Fishing.  In his section on the Madison River he mentions this fly.  I tied up a dozen and got them wet this weekend.  This pattern out fished everything else I fished two to one so it has earned a permanent spot in my box.  You can find a review on the book on the Chronicle Outdoors blog.

Here is the pattern as described in the book.

Hook:  #14-18 Tiemco 5262
Thread:  Brown 6/0 Danville
Bead: Gold
Tail:  Eight fibers of mallard dyed woodduck gold
Body:  Six fibers of brown pheasant tail, covered in super glue (I omitted the super glue)
Rib:  Counter wrapped gold wire
Thorax:  Peacock Ice Dub
Wing case/legs:  Light blue dun midge flash
Hackle:  Natural gray CDC
Collar:  Dark Hare's Ear Plus dubbing


  1. great looking fly! What size were you fishing. I saw you posted 3 sizes but what worked for you?

  2. Nice-- I think I'll give this one a try, looks like a great mayfly emerger for a lot of situations.

  3. Brian,
    Interesting thing...there was were a lot of little brown stone fly (size 12-14) returning to the water to drop their eggs. I think the fish may have been taking the pattern for a sunken adult stone. It was the top fly a three fly rig so it was up there in the water column. It would do an excellent job imitating that insect, color was spot on and the CDC and flash would have represented the wings of the adult.