Tying and Fishing the Booby Fly – Firetail Booby – Sample from the book
I invented this pattern more than a decade ago. I was inspired by flies like Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer and a lot of the colourful steelhead flies.
What I wanted was hot colours and flash, but I also wanted it to be a little bit subdued. The solution was to hide the hot stuff in a dark front hackle.
My first two takes on this style was the Black and Orange and the Black and Magenta Firetails. They are still my favourites – especially for cold water situations.
Black and Orange Firetail Booby
Hook: 2X to 4X long streamer hook #2 – 10 (mostly 6 – 8)
Tail: Orange marabou with gold flashabou fibres
Hackle: Palmered orange soft hen saddle on rear half, black on front half
Eyes: White foam eyes
||I normally choose a 2X to 4X long streamer hook for these flies. Start by tying in the eyes. Go down the shank and tie in the marabou tail. After that, tie in a small amount of flashabou fibres.
||Tie in a soft fibered hackle feather from a hen saddle or soft patch. Front side facing towards the hook eye. Use the soft fluffy fibres near the base of the hackle.
||Wind the hackle palmer style over the rear half of the hook shank – don’t take more than 4 turns. Tie off and cut surplus hackle.
||Tie in another soft hackle feather in contrasting colour (black). Repeat the previous procedure.
||Make a whip finish in front of the eyes – and the Black and Orange Firetail Booby is ready for trout hunting. Make sure to make a Black and Magenta version as well.
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