Blue tenkara fly

After reading about Chris Stewart’s blue fly challenge and receiving some of his blue yarn by happenstance, I thought it would be fun to experiment a bit with blue.  So, I came up with this pattern.  I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it will catch fish.  And even if it doesn’t, I like it so it’s already caught me.  I call it “Smurfette” because of the color scheme.

Hook:  Owner Hera Sasuke, Gold #7
Eye:  #2 White silk bead cord
Thread:  Yellow 6/0
Body:  Blue Fly Yarn from Tenkara Bum
Hackle:  White Hen Hackle

Author: Jason Klass

Jason is an avid fly angler and backpacker. As a former fly fishing guide originally from Western New York, he moved to Colorado and became an early adopter of tenkara which perfectly suited the small, high altitude streams and lakes there. He has not fished a Western-style fly rod for trout since.

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  1. Great idea

  2. I’ve been enjoying the blue fly challenge because I don’t have any preconceived notions of what colors / patterns work. Consequently I have tied up quite a few “blues” and found them to work quite well. It’s also made me realize how nice yarn is to work with. It’s not as fancy as dubbing, but it’s a heck of a lot easier.

  3. Never having used a cord loop fly before, when trying to detach line from the fly and clipping it away from the cord loop, how do you keep from clipping some of the cord?

  4. Hi Jeff,
    You just have to be careful to keep only the knot in the jaws of the clipper. I usually clip the knot in the middle so it’s a safe distance from the cord. Whatever is still attached comes off easily if you pull it.

  5. …Great tie!…I have always preferred the string-loop eye over the usual metal eye…up here on the Salmon River many of us Spey fishers tie on eyeless Alec Jackson or similar hooks…

  6. i like it. i think she’ll catch fish, too.

  7. Bob, have you ever tried silkworm gut?

  8. I like it… I bet it works great. I think fish are not as dicerning as some would have us think. :)

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