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Trout are attracted to a fly with movement and never more so than when that fly creates a wake through the water’s surface. Today we have patterns such as Boobies and FABs, which rely on a chunk of plastic foam for their buoyancy. So ubiquitous have these foam flies become that it’s easy to forget that – once upon a time – we really only had deer hair to create a similar effect.
While deer hair is nowhere near as buoyant as foam, it does have an advantage in certain circumstances. For one, it creates a more natural-looking effect and – as it absorbs water – the fly can be skimmed along creating its wake right in the surface film. This is an important point when using the classic wet fly technique of dibbling the top dropper at the end of the retrieve, where a very buoyant fly can produce more swirls than positive takes.
HOOK: Size 8-12 wet fly
TAIL: Golden pheasant crest
RIB: Fine silver wire
BODY: Medium pearl tinsel
BODY HACKLE: Brown cock hackle
THROAT HACKLE: Blue jay or dyed blue guinea fowl
WING: Hen pheasant centre tail or wing quill
HEAD: Roe deer hair
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