FLY OF THE MONTH- October 2017
FLY OF THE MONTH
The Carrot Fly (courtesy of Daniel Hackett)
(Photo by Brad Harris from the book “In Season Tasmania”, used with permission)
In 1999 John Horsey, captain of the English competition fly fishing team, visited Australia and introduced us to loch-style fishing, along with some flies that were popular and effective for this style of fishing. Three flies in particular that he mentioned were the Hopper, Bob’s Bits, and the Carrot Fly. This month we feature the Carrot Fly.
Notes from various sources tell us that these three flies are all tied with seals fur for floatability, and use sparse, soft, cheap hackles. They float sitting low in the water and are great fish catchers. On his website Chris Bassano tells us that the Carrot Fly is very easy to see on the water and is taken extremely well by trout over the summer months.
Orange is a very productive colour for flies in Australia and the extreme brightness of this fly is more than likely the reason why it is taken so well. The fly works well in almost all of the popular Tasmanian waters, and is also very good on many of the Western lakes in rough weather.
So there you go – a very effective fly that is easy to tie and can be fished stationary or pulled through the water to attract attention.
Hook: Kamasan B170 or Tiemco 100, in sizes 10 or 12
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Pearl Mylar (this is optional and can be omitted)
Body: Bright orange seals fur
Hackle: Brown or ginger medium stiff hen hackle, or cheap Indian hackle
Tying Notes: (from Daniel Hackett’s Fly Cards)
- Place the hook in the vice, run some thread along the shank and tie in the Mylar tag.
- Work your seals fur supply into a wad by rubbing it in a circular motion between the palms of your hands. This makes it easier to pluck out small amounts.
- Add some seals fur to the thread as dubbing and build up a carrot-shaped body along two thirds of the hook shank.
- Tie in the hackle feather and make two or three turns. Don’t make too many turns as the fly needs to sit low on the water.
- Tie off the hackle feather and build up a small head.
- Whip finish to complete the fly.