Fly fishing for Winter Cutthroat – If you are wanting to try your luck at fly fishing or light spin tackle for Cutthroat Trout, this is a great time of year to fish main flow and side channels. There is a prolific winter Stone Fly Hatch that occurs each year on the Fraser. If you like to get out and try your luck, try dead drifting a winter stone fly pattern just below the surface using a floating line or very slow sink tip. If you see fish rising, don’t be afraid to try a DRY Fly Pattern as well.
For you fly tiers, here is how to tie one of our most productive Cutthroat patterns
Note, this pattern was tied using green deer hair, you can also use natural, purple or dark green for similar results.
Hook: 8 or 6 Streamer
Thread: 6/0 Black
Tail: Mallard flank
Body: Medium flat silver tinsel
Underwing: Mallard flank
Overwing: A few strands of deer hair from head.
Head: Deer hair, color to match mallard flank.
Note: Can be tied in green, red, yellow, purple. and in natural.
- Tie in mallard at hook bend.
- Tie in flat tinsel, then wrap thread forward leaving enough room for the spun deer hair head.
- Wrap silver tinsel forward, overlapping slightly on each wrap.
- Secure with thread, and then tie in more mallard for the wing. Tips should reach the tips of the tail.
- Lay a clump of deer hair between the wing and the eye of the hook, perpendicular to the hook shank. Wrap thread over deer hair, this should cause the deer hair to flare upwards. Make a few more wraps to secure deer hair, then whip finish, and head cement.
- The last step is to trim the deer hair to form head. The head should be trimmed to a small size and should be rounded. Leave a few strands of deer hair, extending back over wing.
Here is a link to some of our favorite fly patterns – http://guidebc.com/flypatterns.asp