Per River Run Outfitters, this pattern was developed by Mike Curry a local fisherman. This has been a go to fly lately. Carolyn, River Run Outfitters, said she caught over 30 trout in one day and one of her customer caught over 100. I tied it with Chartreuse grizzly but olive is the preferred. Suggest that you stop by River Run Outfitters and buy one of the flies they tied. Then you will have a prototype to follow when you tie this Tiger Tail.
A few suggestions when tying this fly. I used 0.015 lead wire with 12 turns on a size 12 hook. You might want more turns on a size 10 hook. I use 4 strands of peacock herl. Instead of rapping the herl around the thread and palmer it forward, I would make one turn of the herl behind the thread, and then make one turn of thread over the herl. I did this all the way to just behind the eye before I tied it off. For me, it seem easier and do believe will keep the herl in place when it breaks.
- Hook: Tiemco TMC5263
- Hook Sizes: 8, 10, 12
- Thread: UNI-Thread 8/0 Red
- Body: Peacock Herl
- Tail: Dry Fly Hackle, olive or chartreuse grizzly
- Weight: Lead wire
- Hackle: Olive or Chartreuse bugger hackle
Fishing instructions: fish it on a sinking leader or sinking line and strip it.