Sunburst Kate


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 tail, trim to length by pulling off excess feathers with your fingers.

3. Tie in oval tinsel and black hackle (tip first).

4. Dub seal fur body.

5. Wrap hackle to front of fly, then tie off and trim.

6. Tie in brown hackle. Make 2-3 wraps, then 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 the body.

HOOK: Dai Riki 070 or Mustad 3906


TAIL: Chartreuse Marabou

BODY: Black seal

BODY HACKLE: Black cock hackle

RIBBING: Fine silver tinsel

THROAT HACKLE: Brown cock hackle