The Trout Line Newsletter - Sept. 17, 2018


September 17, 2018


Welcome to The Trout Line Newsletter! This is our Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter newsletter that will be coming out twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.


Fly of the Month - Lightning Bug

Written by Mike Gentry.

I'm not sure the name really fits this fly, but that's what I know it by.  I discovered it on a trip to Montana when I was having a slow day on the Yellowstone and a fly-tier friend of mine said "try this".  She had always had great success on it, either as the only fly or as a dropper.  And the rainbows and browns proved her right that day.

Hook: Tiemco 101 BL, size 16
Thread:  Red 8/0
Beadhead:  Silver 1/8 inch
Tail and Legs: Pheasant tail
Body: Silver holographic tinsel
Shellback (optional): A drop of quick-drying epoxy

1. Affix the beadhead in place with a number of turns of thread behind the bead.

2. Tie in a tail of four pheasant tail fibers, the tail the length of the body.

3.  With thread wraps, build a slight tapered underbody from the tail to the back of the bead.

4.  Tie in a strand of tinsel just behind the bead, wrap back to the beginning of the bend of the hook, and then back to just behind the bead, and tie off.  Holographic (faceted) tinsel seems to work the best, but if not available, flat silver tinsel will also work.

5. Tie in the legs (3-4 pheasant tail fibers) on each side of the fly, the length just short of the end of the body.

6. Tie in a small thorax just behind the back of the bead (it's OK to wrap peacock herl over a little of the legs where they are tied in), and finish with several wraps of thread so the red thread shows up against the back of the bead.

7. If a shellback is desired, place a drop of epoxy on top of the thorax.  I've had success with and without it.



Meetings Location and Dates

Regular chapter meetings are held at the Lucky Labrador Public House 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 (503) 244-2537.  Food and beverage available.  Social get together starts at 6:30 pm and formal meeting starts at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted in the newsletter or website.

October Meeting: Oct. 10 - Michael Gorman "All Things Nymphing"

November Meeting Nov. 14 - Kyle Smith - TU Sportsmen's Conservation Project Campaigns in Oregon





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