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May 22 2010

Banksia BugPopular Contributor: Jay Zimmerman
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Classification: Freshwater
Category: All Purpose Bead Head Nymph Subsurface
Bugs & Baits: Caddis Damsel Stonefly
Fish: Trout
Color(s): Black Gray Olive Tan
Recipe viewed 6599 times. Recipe ID: 987655740

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Banksia Bug

TMC 200R
Lt. Cahill and Olive
Black tungsten
X-Small black UTC and Small olive UTC
Lt. Cahill and Olive tying thread
Dk. grey ostrich herl and Whitlocks SLF dubbing (hellgramite)
Loon UV Knot Sense

Banksia Bug (formerly known as the Patchouli Pupa)

"I began tying this fly to imitate the masses of free-living caddis larva in all my home waters here in Colorado and elsewhere in trout streams all over the West. I have rarely found good commercially available flies that can fill this niche. And its a very productive flyprobably because this particular caddis larva is a notoriously poor swimmer, often getting swept away in the current, making it an easily recognizable food organism and makes up a large portion of a trouts diet."

"I have found this pattern to work well in rivers with an abundance of small to medium-size stonefly nymphs leading me to believe my fly is suggestive enough for trout to mistake it for any number of long-bodied aquatic insects. With this in mind, I am now using this fly in lakeswith equal success! I was hoping it could double as a case maker caddis larva, but have found it works exceptionally well in lakes with a lot of active damselflies." -- Jay Zimmerman

Look for this fly from Umpqua Feather Merchants in the Fall of 2010...ask for it at your favorite fly shop!

Be sure to check out Jay's video tutorial for this fly!