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Not those sneaky little guys in black that appear out of nowhere…these are some flies that will take Trout all year, on the East Side – if presented properly.The ASSASSIN was developed by Eastern Sierra guide, Tom Loe. It is a variation of the late Cal Bird’s “BIRD’S NEST” pattern, originated in 1959 for the Truckee River…I have messed with this to include some other color variants that the Trout have not seen in places me and the kids visit…

A BUNNY is involved…

OLIVE TUNG ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/Variant ( of a Cal Bird variant) …

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier -Olive- to thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Olive, overlaid with Coq De Leon, Black/Brown

RIB: Wapsi Ultra wire , Chartreuse, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Olive, #4 ( from the upper face, below the ears)

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold, V-notched and evenly distributed around the hook shank with fingernails

THORAX: Hare’s Mask #2 (between eyes)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

As suggested in the above link to the Bird’s Nest, hit this guy with some dry shake or Frog’s Fanny when fishing the pattern….dead drift or swing…it’s a soft hackle –because Tom does not tie them in OLIVE…

A good place to work this pattern…Michael on the Lower “O”….


RED HEAD ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Black to thorax, the, Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Black – overlaid with Coq De Leon. Black/White

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Red, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Black, #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

THORAX: Hare’s Mask, Black, #2

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead,  Red, sized to hook – stuffed with wraps of non-lead sub.

TUNG DUN ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Gray to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Ice Dub UV Dun overlaid with 3 small Ostrich Herl fibers…a Shane Stalcup suggestion…

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Dun – #4

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire – Gunmetal Blue – sized to hook

HACKLE: Mallard Flank – Natural

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Dun, #2

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

NATURAL CB ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 denier, Cream to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: Marabou Blood Quills, Ginger, overlaid with Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Copper or Amber Ultra wire, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

BEAD: Copper Tungsten or copper stuffed withh non-lead sub., sized to hook

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #2

These guys get INVOLVED too !!!….My testers, Michael and Ally on the Boulder River, MT – another place that these Assassins would work…

NEXT: A mixed bag of “FLASH-ies“…

PT/TB 

More to follow…

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