Published Feb 8. 2019 - 9 months ago
Updated or edited Feb 10. 2019

Bank Saver

This pattern comes from Pat Dorsey's Colorado Guide Flies ( and was designed by Blue Quill Angler co-owner Steve Parrott.

This fly has a number of elements that I like in a fly. A fat nymph profile, hot spot, and a heavy weighted bead head. You could even add a little extra weight in the form of some wire or lead behind the bead.

I'll be pitching this fly into some small creek pockets waters come the spring, but I think the pattern has good prospects for fishing deeper waters under a strike indicator or even fishing stillwater with a cast and retrieve.

Bank Saver (Steve Parrott) Fly Recipe

Hook: Firehole 633 #12-16
Bead: Black tungsten
Thread: 8/0 (70d) black
Tail: Ringneck pheasant tail fibers
Backstrap: Ringneck pheasant tail fibers
Flashback: Mirage flash
Ribbing: Red Ultrawire (small or xs)
Body: Tan rainbow Sow Scud dubb
Hot Spot: Hot Pink (fuchsia) Laser dubb
Thorax: Brown Haretron or Angora goat dubb


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