I woke up to a half foot of snow Friday morning, so the work I had planned to do outside was put on the back burner. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some fly tying. I had committed to tying two dozen nymphs for a fly swap in my local TU chapter (Central Jersey Trout Unlimited) and this was as good a time as any to get it done. I thought I would share with them a pattern that was a good producer for me this fall, the Fruit Salad.
|Small dish of fruit salad.|
I discovered the pattern on a fellow blogger's site back in October. The fly, originally tied as a jig pattern, was designed for grayling and was featured on the blog North Country Angler . You can get the story on the fly's design and take a look at the original pattern here. I tied and fished this on a size 16 jig hook and had a lot of success on late fall rainbows in my area. I thought I would include it as my contribution to CJTU's fly swap. Unfortunately, I was a little short on jig hooks so I tried the pattern out on a standard nymph/wet hook (a Mustad 3906). I'm happy with the way they came out. I'll be looking forward to see if they performed as good as the jig version.
|Fruit Salad on Mustad 3906|
|Fruit Salad tied as I fished it on a Umpqua C400BL jig hook|
Hook: Umpqua C400BL #16
Bead: Faceted tungsten sized to hook
Thread: Olive 70 denier UTC
Tail: Two strands of glowbrite #1 (pink) over two strands of glowbrite #7 (orange)
Rib: Fine black wire
Body: Dark hares mask dubbing
Thorax: Arizona synthetic dubbing natural peacock #59
Legs: Dark dun CDC wound as a collar (I like keeping them on the long side)
|This rainbow enjoyed a little fruit salad|