This fly is fairly simple to tie, and even a novice (like me) should have no problem tying it, so long as you know the basics of locking in multiple materials and whip finishing. Not counting paint, this is a two material fly. Compared to some of the more complex emerger or dry fly patterns I've tied in the past, that seems like nothing. Furthermore, I'm tying these on a fairly large size #10 jig head hook, which seems like a monster compared to sizes #16 or #18. Here's a complete list of materials:
- Hook: Size #18 Jig Head - Horizontal Presentation
- Thread: Olive 8/0 UNI-Thread
- Tail: Olive Marabou Fibers
- Body: Olive Wooly Bugger Chenille, Medium (or Small)
- Head: Acrylic Paint, Green Head, with a Large Yellow Eye
I painted several hook heads green, let them dry, and then moved on to paint the large, yellow eyes on each hook. I used acrylic paint, and as you can imagine, you're only painting a very small jig head, so a minuscule amount of paint goes a long way. I bought mine, along with the brushes, for about $1 per bottle at JoAnn Fabric. I didn't worry too much about getting paint in the hook eye, and just used a needle to clear the eye once the paint had dried.
Once your paint is dry, you can begin with starting your olive thread behind the head, and adding a base layer of thread all the way down to the bend of the hook. Once there, you're going to tie in your marabou fibers for the tail. I found marabou surprisingly tricky to work with. The feather fibers are incredibly airy, and I accidentally blew them off of my tying desk more than once when trying to get the head paint to dry. It seems that the end tips of the fibers have much finer barbs that at the base of the feather, and work better for the tail. That means that reusing the feathers for multiple flies can be tricky as you trim more and more material off the tip as you tie. I found that once the marabou material starting to change color as you approached the base of the feather, it was time to discard it.
Once your tail is tied in, you attach the chenille material at the bend of the hook right at the base of the tail. It does not take a lot of material here, maybe an inch per fly. I bought the medium thickness chenille, but I wish I had gone with the finer, small thickness. I'm in no way disappointed with how my flies look, I just prefer the smaller diameter chenille that I have on my store bought John Deere jigs. Once your chenille is tied in at the bend, wrap your thread back up to the head. In tight wraps, bring your chenille to the head also, making sure not to overlap yourself.
Once you have the chenille at the head, lock it in with your thread, and trim any excess. Use your whip finish tool to complete the fly, and you'll be set to catch some trout in Missouri's parks.
I'm excited to have a fly box full of these John Deere jigs, as they always seem to be the first fly I lose in a typical fishing day. I've read that applying a clear coat of fingernail polish can prevent paint chipping and extend the life of the painted head. I might need to raid my wife's collection of polish tonight and finish these flies off. I hope this was useful, and feel free to comment below if you have any questions about this pattern. Now please enjoy this animated .gif showing the main four steps of tying this fly.
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Tying the Olive/Brown Near Deere
Received a request to post information on how we tie the Olive/Brown Near Deere – the fishing fly we used recently at Murphy City Hall Pond for Rainbow Trout.
In reply, we posted a video below that demonstrates how we tie the fishing fly. Do check it out when you get a chance!
Other key points:
- For the fishing fly we tie, it is a variation of the fishing fly that Texas Fishing Forum’s Tarpon Fly posted several years ago. He described the pattern and noted its simplicity and effectiveness.
- When we tie the Olive/Brown Near Deere, we use Olive Marabou for the tail and Brown Flash Chenille for the body. However, the pattern allows for ease of mixing and matching colors with our favorites being Olive Marabou/Olive Flash Chenille and Olive Marabou/White Flash Chenille.
- It can be fished with or without a strike indicator as well as fished as a tandem rig with a GRHEN, Soft Hackle, or Nymphs.
- It is a consistent producer of Trout as well as other fish like Bass and Catfish in our area!
PS: Tarpon Fly also offers the fishing fly in his online store at Carey Thorn’s Online Fishing Store.
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