Pearly Bibio


Palmered wet flies have a long history as effective attractor-type patterns, imitating nothing in particular but nevertheless provoking strikes from predatory trout. The Sunburst Kate is a variation of the Kate McLaren, a British pattern used in loch-style fishing. For more on this type of fly, see Jeff Morgan's article Palmered Wet Flies.

How to Fish

Count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. Also, a wind drift works well in lakes.

Fish at all depths until you find the right one, but most of the time you should be fishing somewhere between two to six feet deep.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in pearl tinsel, then black hackle (tip first), then oval tinsel.

3. Wrap pearl tinsel to midpoint of hook and tie down (don't trim!).

4. Tie in 4-5 strands of red Flashabou, making 3-4 wraps at the midpoint. Tie off and trim.

5. Continue wrapping pearl tinsel to head of fly. Tie off and trim.

6. Wrap hackle to front of fly, making 2-3 extra wraps at head of fly. Tie off and trim.

7. Counterwrap oval tinsel through hackle, wiggling tinsel as it is wrapped to avoid trapping hackle fibers.

8. Whipfinish, trim and cement. Pick out any trapped hackle fibers from body.

HOOK: Dai Riki 070 or Mustad 3906


BODY: Pearl tinsel

RED SPOT: Red Flashabou

HACKLE: Black cock hackle

RIBBING: Fine silver oval tinsel