Salmon are in, and that means a flesh and egg drop will happen soon. Arguably one of the most effective styles flies for Big Alaskan Rainbow Trout, and the flesh pattern is a relatively easy tie. Simple materials, simple methods. The simplicity of the flesh pattern also allows you to mix and match rabbit colors and beads without dedicating too much material and time.
The Twofer, designed by Mark Hieronymus, is a simple yet effective pattern that provides both scrumptious morsels that gluttonous trout can’t pass up. Make sure you have a selection of these in your box come to fall in Alaska.
Originator: Mark Hieronymus
Photos and Tied by Mike Brown of Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Hook: Firehole 860 Sz 6
- Mono: 10 to 14lb Fluorocarbon
- Bead: 8mm
- Rabbit: Cross Cut Lady Flesh
- Thread: Veevus 8/0 Pink
Step 1. Cut a short piece of mono, and you want it long enough to tie down and double back over for security. Slide your bead on and fold in have.
Step 2. Place your hook in the vice and start your thread. Run your thread to the bend. Place your mono loop on top of the hook shank and pace a few wraps to secure. Adjust how far back you want the bead to ride. Keep in mind not to go too far back. You do not want to have short strikes. Tie the mono down on top of the hook shank, stop with 2-3 hook eye widths from the front. Fold the mono tags over and secure them to the back. This is to ensure the mono not slipping out. Trim off tags.
Step 3. Tie in your rabbit strip
Step 4. Wrap the rabbit forward with touching or overlapping wraps. Tie off and trim. Build a small head and whip finish.
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