Published Mar 10. 2023 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Mar 11. 2023

Bill Edson's Dark Tiger

The Dark Tiger is the badass brother of the Light Tiger. While the Light Tiger is elegant and classy I've always found the Dark Tiger a bit more clumsy looking. The fat chenille body and the large yellow head, makes it look cheaper than it's sibling. But trout and salmon love this fly, and I feel sure that smallmouth bass and panfish do as well.

The famous angling historian and author Joseph D. Bates, who was a friend and fishing pal of Bill Edson, actually favored the Dark Tiger.

It is a bit confusing, that the Dark Tiger is lighter in overall color shade than the Light Tiger, but Edson named these after the color of the wing (that indeed is darker on the this fly).

And the yellow color sure light up the day when this fly is diving into the colored water of a winter run-off.
To cut to the bone: You need this little yellow underwater missile - as well as it's elegant sibling.

If you don’t have the brass eyes, I’ve put a link to those in the description below. And you can use Jungle Cock as a substitute.

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Bill Edson’s Dark Tiger
Hook: Classic streamer #4
Thread: White -
Tag: Mylar tinsel gold
Tail: Yellow hackle fibres or two tips of a hackle feather -
Body: Chenille, yellow -
Wing: Bucktail, brown hair from the dark side of a bucktail dyed yellow -
Throathackle: Red hackle fibres or two short hackle tips -
Chicks: Edson Brass Eyes or junglecock
Head: Yellow lacquer

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