Lucas Allen – The BB
I promised last week to share a pattern I recently created. “Dubbed” The BB it was planned with durability in mind and also a touch of subtle X factor appeal. Oh, and some hot UV orange! The tying list below can be tweaked to your liking.
Hook: Black Magic B12/B16
Tungsten Bead: Black (sized to suit)
Thread: Orange UV thread
Lead: 1.5 wraps 0.010 from mid hook to head (nothing near tail)
Tail: Black Fluoro Fibre
Rib: Gold ultra wire
Body: Fine Black dubbing
Thorax: 2/3 Black Seal 1/3 UV dub (roughly chopped and hand blended)
Legs: Tan Zebra Legs
I found a few things that improved the tying of this fly. Cut the fluorofibre on a harsh angle prior to tying in (this keeps the tail from being too blunt in appearance). The body dub needs to be fine and tight to make a slender back end. Dub the Seals fur blend using a dubbing rope (makes for a nice secure hairy finish) then brush it out once tied in. Seals fur is wonderful for trapping tiny air bubbles, giving sparkle and life to flies. Also the Orange UV hotspots should be even and close bound.
I noticed that using the dubbing rope method also allowed the Orange UV thread to show through more than single strand methods when viewed under black light. This will make your fly stand out from the crowd, especially on the Tongariro during the peak spawning runs.
Speaking of which, it seems all the crew are going to be in Turangi next weekend. I’ll have to put The BB through it’s paces. Here’s hoping for a good dose of rain this time next week, sounds like the river is somewhat reminiscent of distilled spirits currently.
Well I’d better get back to the vice. Glowies are low and the Caddis need attention, you know the drill.
PS. Alex, I’ve got the reservations at Turangi Pie Shop sorted.
This entry was posted on August 24, 2011 by Lucas Allen. It was filed under Fly Tying and was tagged with Alex Broad, Back country, Backcountry, Big Fish, Big Trout, Brown, Brown Trout, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide, North Canterbury, Nymph, Rainbow, Rainbow Trout, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Sight Fishing, Tongariro, Trophy, Trophy trout, Trout, Turangi, vests, waders.