#6 streamer hook, 70 denier 6/0 black thread, orange chenille, white hackle. Sorry there is no name wasn’t sure what to call it. I also tied another in a more natural color with olive colored chenille instead of the orange. Not quite sure what it is supposed to imitate. If anyone has suggestions or comments on this fly please feel free to comment!
I agree with the rest of the suggested names. A wooly bugger sans tail.
But let’s not forget the history of this style fly. Before somebody (everybody) started adding a marabou tail, it was called a wooly worm. In my waters, anything orange is usually a winner, so I’d fish it.
I’ll suggest a few variations for you Nate. Try this pattern with the hackle clipped short all over. It should look like it’s covered with bristles.
Also try this: using the same color scheme, apply a coat of Sally Hanson’s to the top of the fly. Try to coat the hackle fibers. Use your fingers to pull the fibers rearward. This will give a shell like back to the fly. Really pull the fibers back and keep them in place until the shell back (nail polish) dries.
Take a look at a post called archive fly I put up a while ago. I posted an all brown version but it works in lots of colors. The orange color seems to be a favorite for trout and bass in my waters.
If you have UV resin, you can add a light coat to enhance the shellback appearance once the nail polish dries. No UV, no problem. Just add additional coats of the nail polish. Hope you give this shellback version a try. It works well.
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