Deer Hair Pellet Fly. If you are going to Bennett Springs soon, you better have some of these Deer Hair Pellet Flies. Harry and I went to Bennett Springs on Thursday. We were fishing by the outlet or better known as the gut hole. I looked over and saw Richard Solomon who just started fishing and was catching a fish on just about every cast. I asked him what he was using and he showed me a small deer hair ball on a hook. He said that when he was here last week, another fellow was catching a fish on just about every cast. Richard asked him what he was using and was given a fly. I believe is looks like hatchery fish food. The deer hair needs to be packed dense and it floats high on the water.
I tied two and will call this fly the Deer Hair Pellet Fly. One was tied on a Tiemco 2457 size 14 and another on a Tiemco 2499. I liked the 2499 because of the wide gap but the shank was short making the tying of the Deer hair hard. If you take the Tiemco 2457 and with you pliers straighten the bend buy the eye, you will get the egg that was shown to me. You might try starting with a 2457 size 12 and this size the eye does not need to be bent, then go to a 14 and maybe a 16, once you have tied a few of the size 12.
- Hook: TMC2457
- Hook Sizes: 12, 14, 16
- Thread: UTC 140 cream
- Body: Deer hair
Take the Tiemco 2457 and with you pliers straighten the bend buy the eye for sizes 14, 16. Put down a thread base and create a little dam of Thread at the bend of the hook.
Put you deer hair on and spin it, pack it and get 2 or 3 more deer hair clumps. Pack each clump. Trim to a round ball and if you need to, use your burner to clear the hairs at the bend and around the eye. Also, you want this fly to float. The deer hair will do that but soaking your flies in Rain-x will also help.
Fishing instructions – just let it float on the water and be ready.