Originator: Brian Chou, MFC Signature Tier
Shank: Cut off hook or pre fab shank, Straight eye
Trailing Hook: Owner SSW, #6 or 8
Trailing hook connection: Coated wire
Weight: Cross Eyed Cone, ¼”. Substitute tungsten for extra depth.
Thread: 6/0 black
Tail: Marabou blood quill, Pearly Krystal Flash, and a pair of matching grizzly hackle tips in matching or contrasting color.
Body: Ice Dub, color to match pattern (olive, uv black, pearl, rusty, purple)
Legs: MFC Barred Sexi Floss
Collar: Guinea hen, palmered, color to match pattern
Notes: This pattern is a real winner from the bench of my good friend Brian Chou. Originally tied to fish for trout from a drift boat on Washington’s Yakima River, the Fortune Cookie has, in recent years, become a real favorite among Trout Spey and swung fly enthusiasts from Montana to New Zealand. The fly’s moderate size makes it easy to cast on lighter Trout Spey setups, and the profile has all the right qualities to suggest baitfish, sculpin, or crayfish. Contrasting colors and wiggly materials help to move those fish who might not be on the feed, but are in the mood to be influenced into making bad decisions. The weighted head makes it very versatile in terms of action and presentation. On a straight swing it planes out, stays deep, and wiggles. Bounce the rod tip and you get a great jigging action and tons of motion. This pattern comes in great colors too: Olive, Black, White, Purple, and my favorite, Brown/Yellow!