I’ve posted this pattern before as part of a fishing report – but I just happened to think of it and thought I’d re-post as a stand alone fly-pattern post. Let me get this out of the way – I do not claim to be an expert in the art of catching those huge mysis-eating trout of the Frying Pan and Taylor Rivers in Colorado. However, this pattern fooled several nice fish on those rivers in short order, so it must be worth something (maybe it was just something different). One of the main advantages of this pattern is that it is very simple to tie (no messy epoxy).
Hook: Size 14-18 (16 used here)standard Dry Fly (or whatever else you have handy)
Tail/Body/Shellback: White Anton
Thorax: Blend of white rabbit, white antron and Pearl Ice Dub
Eyes: Melted Climax Brown Monofilament
Notes: The tail, body and shellback are all one piece of white antron. I first tie-in the antron leaving a little for the tail, then twist the strand to form the body. Wind body, tie-off antron, dub the thorax, then pull the antron over the top.