Like a surprisingly large number of effective flies, this pattern started out as somebody's idea of a joke. The laugh was on the fish, however. It's not hard to see why: peacock sword and peacock herl will catch anything with fins, red is an attractive color (when wet), and partridge hackle is seductively life-like.

The fly seems to work especially well with stocked trout. Being raised in a concrete tank probably gave them a "survivor" sense of humor.

How to Fish

In lakes, use a slow retrieve or count-down-and-retrieve presentation.

HOOK: Mustad 9671, size 12-16


TAIL: Peacock sword

ABDOMEN: Red rabbit dubbing

RIBBING: Fine gold oval tinsel

THORAX: Peacock herl

HACKLE: Soft brown partridge