Originator: Charles Smith
Description: A very successful fly for estuaries and gullies. Perhaps my all time favourite salt water fly, especially in the Durban harbour.
This fly can be tied in many variations, sizes and colours. Start by anchoring your cotton on the hook about a third of the way down the shaft.
Tie a set of either chain or dumbbell eyes onto the cotton. I sometimes add a little head cement at this point to anchor the eyes securely and make the fly more durable.
Wind you cotton down to the bend of the hook, tying in some chenille or other body material in the process.
Wind the cotton back up and past the eyes. Follow this by winding the chenille up to the eyes. I often take it over the eyes and use it for the basis of the head.
Tie and cut off the chenille. At this point I also like to flip the fly over since the wing is tied “under” the fly. This fly will actually swim upside down which makes it a favourite for my over sand banks where the hook can easily get caught in the sand.
Tie on a wing between the eye of the hook and the dumbbell eyes. The small amount of chenille we passed over the eyes will hold the wing in a good position.
Cut off the remainder of the wing, build up the head and tie off the fly. Again it's a good idea to use head cement at this point to lengthen the life of the fly.