An open letter to:
The Skeena Angler,
I enjoyed your Nov. 23, 2016 column ‘Surface 3’ and the explanation of ‘The Big Daddy’ fly.
I devised this fly in the mid-1980s for use on Washington’s Wenatchee River summer-run.
It was a great place to learn how to fish a surface fly. There were thousands of hatchery steelhead (15-20 hook ups a day were not unusual) and a large population of October caddis.
The fish were very surface oriented. On my first visit to Skeena country in 1987, I used this fly on the Bulkley with great success.
Since the fly so closely mimicked ovi-depositing October caddis, I reasoned that a smaller version would be effective for trout so I tied some up on #12 trout hooks and first used them on Montana’s Big Horn river at dusk.
The trout loved it and you had better be using at least 4X leader to prevent break-off on takes. I also used it with great success on Austria’s Traun River and Yugoslavia’s Gachka River.
It remains my ‘go to’ fly from late spring through late fall for steelhead.