Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fly Tying: Putah Creek Riffle Special

The Putah Creek Riffle Special is one of the few patterns that I've come across named after the creek. It is a simple variation of the zebra midge that utilizes an emerger wing under a peacock collar. Although I am unsure about the origin of this pattern I've had a lot of luck with it on Putah Creek.

Putah Creek Riffle Special
Materials List:
TMC - 2487 - size 18
Uni-Thread - 8/0 - Black
Silver Beadhead - size 5/64''
Ultra Wire - Brassie - Silver
Sparkle Emerger Yarn - White
Peacock Herl

Fly Tying Instruction
Step 1

Step 1

Step 1: Thread your beadhead and start your thread directly behind the hook.

Step 2

Step 2: Tie in the silver wire behind the beadhead and wrap the thread and wire to the middle of the bend of the hook creating an even body.

Step 3

Step 3: Wrap the thread to the 2/3 of the hook shank and then wrap the silver wire. Secure the wire and cut off the excess.

Step 4a

Step 4b

Step 4ab: Tie in the sparkle emerger yarn and secure. Cut off the excess.

Step 5a

Step 5b

 Step 5: Tie in the peacock herl. Make a few wraps and then secure.

Step 6

 Step 6: Whip finished twice and finished!

Extra Information

The Putah Creek Riffle Special is a great pattern to try when fishing Putah Creek. The fish in the system often see the same patterns over and over again therefore the Riffle Special will add some variation to your arsenal. Tie a few and give them a try.

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