06-08-2013, 06:06 PM
Sturdy's Fancy - a deadly Californian beetle!!
I spent the week fishing Hot Creek, a spring-fed stream in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains with wild, catch and release dry-fly only fishing. When the afternoon wind picked up (howled), the go to flies were small beetles and nothing outperformed the Sturdy's Fancy (that I picked up from the SBS on this forum). In one session, it brought 3 large fish to the net, and this handsome looking Brownie the next session. Nice fly, worth a try.
Thanks for the SBS from Richard Ward's Derbyshire flybox, a great fly I would not otherwise have encountered, tied, or thought to use.
Dry Fly 'Expert': Now is the time for...
PS trimmed the red floss butt waterside - too long in the pic, should be the length of the hook gape
Thread: Red or purple
Hook: generic barbless dry 16-18
Tail: red floss
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: white hebert-miner silver