Chocolate Thunder

Created by Jeff Morgan


Imitates the nymph of a salmonfly. While most anglers use all-black patterns, many of the natural insects are a chocolate brown; his pattern imitates them.

This fly must be fished on the bottom. Period. So weight it heavily under the body and use the beadhead. For more information about this fly, see the article Last-Minute Stones.

How to Fish

Dead drift on the bottom with an trout indicator or tight line presentation. The best areas are bouldery sections, riffles, and just below riffles. If you find a moderatre drop-off just below a riffle, consider yourself blessed.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook. Slide bead onto head. Place in vise and start thread.

2. Tie in tails.

3. Tie in Body Stretch for back

4. Dub abdomen from front to back, so that you can rib with your thread instead of tying in more thread for ribbing.

5. Pull down Body Stretch and rib with thread.

6. Tie in pheasant body feather by tip on top. Tie in furry foam on bottom.

7. Dub thorax.

8. Pull down pheasant body feather and Body Stretch and tie both down. Make sure you don't tie down all of your pheasant feather; otherwise you won't have enough feather for your front legs. Tie both feather and body stretch back so that you can form the second wingcase.

9. Repeat step 8.

10. Tie in legs so that you get one leg sticking out to the side and the other facing forward to serve as an antenna.

11. Pull furry foam under thorax and tie off.

12. Dub throat.

13. Whipfinish, cement head, and trim legs and antennae to proper lengths.

HOOK: Mustad 37160, size 4-8

THREAD: Black or brown

TAILS: Brown round rubber

ABDOMEN: Chocolate brown sparkle dubbing

BACK: Brown body stretch

THORAX: Chocolate brown sparkle dubbing

BELLY: Brown furry foam

LEGS: Pheasant body feather

LONG LEGS: Brown round rubber

WINGCASES: Brown body stretch

THROAT: Chocolate brown sparkle dubbing

ANTENNAE: Brown round rubber

HEAD: Gold bead