Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – Chou’s Fortune Cookie

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – Chou’s Fortune Cookie

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!

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Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – SR Spanish Bullet Quill Nymph

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – SR Spanish Bullet Quill Nymph

Originator:  Fulling Mill

Hook: Barbless 60 degree jig hook.  Fulling Mill 5045, Firehole Sticks 516, or similar.  Size 12 – 22.  #14 shown

Weight: Slotted Tungsten bead (copper) to match hook.  3.5mm for Size 14 hook.

Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 brown.  8/0, amber, orange, or your own favorite for the collar hot spot.

Tail: Saddle hackle or Coq de Leon fibers.  Thin and sparse!

Abdomen: Stripped Peacock quill, or synthetic equivalent

Thorax: Brown thread

Wing Case: Pearl mylar tinsel.  S or M, sized to match the fly.

Body coating:  UV resin.

Notes:  This Perdigon style fly is designed to be very sparse and sink super fast to get it in to the strike zone while Euro Nymphing.  It is effective in Sizes 14-20, and is a good attractor as well as a mayfly nymph imitation that we’ve found to be deadly around our area.  Smaller sizes can be fished in shallow water using French Nymphing methods on long leaders.  This pattern is also used successfully under strike indicators in moving or still water, or as a dropper behind a foam bodied dry fly.

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – BH Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – BH Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

  • Originator:  The original PT Nymph is credited to Englishman, Frank Sawyer, and was tied from a single bunch of pheasant tail fibers and copper wire (no thread).  Fly tiers are notorious tinkerers, and over the past 100 or so years, more than a few variations of the original appeared, including the addition of a herl thorax and a soft hackle collar.
  • Hook: 1x heavy, 1x long nymph hook, #10-18 (Daiichi 1560 or equivalent)
  • Bead: Brass bead (gold), size to match hook
  • Thread: Rusty brown 6/0 or 8/0
  • Tail:  Optional.  Pheasant tail fiber tips
  • Thorax: Pheasant tail fibers, wound
  • Rib:  Ultra Wire, Small, Gold, counter-wrapped for durability
  • Abdomen: Peacock herl
  • Soft hackle / Legs: Hungarian partridge

Notes: Fly tiers love to accessorize, either out of necessity, or for the simple enjoyment of experimentation.  And soft hackles make every nymph better from time to time.  The BH Softhackle PT fishes from early spring through the fall here in Yellowstone Country, with simple size adjustments required depending on the conditions and prevalent insect hatches.  As a general attractor these are great when swung through the riffles of the Firehole and Gallatin.  They can also imitate emerging mayfly nymphs and caddis pupae.  Softhackles are great fished on the dead drift, too.  In the fall, when the lake run fish enter the Madison in the Park  this is a go-to fly to swing in the larger sizes.