Published Jan 17th 2010
Fish are stupid - they must be to take this simple and efficient pattern
By Per Gade
Copperbully here in Denmark. And you can find many other patterns with few or only one material.
The Fluff is also rather simple, and actually started out as a kind of joke about the stupidity of fish.
You can catch fish on a hook with a little dubbing. Why make simple things complicated, when fish are more stupid than we can even imagine?
Lots of flies take a long time to tie, because the patterns are far too detailed. Fish won't notice, and the time can be used better at the water, fishing. So why not make a "Fluff" fly, the name referring to the piece of yarn often used for casting practice.
The fly we tied that day (and have tied in the same way since then), is made with a blend of SLF (Synthetic Living Fiber) and a little flash - making the fly dusty greenish - just like a little baitfish, the sand eel, that is one of the favorite "meals" of the Danish seatrout as well as many other predatory fish around the world.
The material is dubbed on the tread or wound in a dubbing loop. Tie in and whipfinish - and that's it.
And best of all is, that the fly is very efficient. In the springtime it is on my leader most of the time - and when I retrieve it quickly, I'm sure, that the fish will bite hard and almost swallow the fly.
Fish are stupid…