Tying this fly is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. First, make sure you’ve got a tight grip on your shank. Then, make sure your cock is firm but not too stiff. Finally, don’t leave a huge blob of varnish on the head.
Whenever I go fishing for wild browns, this fly will always be on my cast, it’s as simple as that. If I turned up to fish a Scottish loch and discovered I had no examples of this fly I’d halve my chances of catching.
I must give credit to Trout Fisherman magazine, and in turn whoever designed a fly that appeared in it many years ago. I can’t remember what it was called but it was labelled as an excellent pattern for wild browns so I tied one and caught a wild brownie on it! However, I lost the fly, the magazine and my memory of the exact pattern! But I vaguely recalled certain aspects of it, and created my own variant which I subsequently named Bob’s Bob Fly! Once again, let me be clear – I’m fully aware that this fly is ‘inspired’ by one invented by someone else so I can’t take all the credit for it 😉
Hook – Size 14 Drennan Wet Fly Supreme
Thread – Brown
Body – blend of natural hare’s ear and yellow SLF
Body Hackle – Red game
Head Hackle – Red Game
Rib – Fine gold or brass wire.
In my humble opinion the addition of SLF is important because it adds a delicate ‘shimmer’.
Genetic cock hackles designed for smaller dry flies are too short and stiff for this pattern. Dig out your cheap Chinese cape for this bad boy!
Best tied whilst wearing a kilt and knee socks riddled with bits of dried heather.
Right, how to tie:-
- Wind the thread from a point about 1mm behind the eye down to just before the bend begins, catching in some gold or brass wire as you go. 5 or 6 inches should do. So they say…