Published Mar 29. 2015 - 5 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 28. 2018

The Thickness: Big Natural Materials Predator Fly

Second fly in our series of Midwest warmwater patterns!

Despite the synthetic fly tying materials craze, I still think natural fibers are the best for the bulk of my fly tying. You can't beat the way the natural materials pulse, flicker and taper in the water. To that end, I'd like to introduce you to The Thickness.

The Thickness is designed for the super shallows, where the big predatory fish lay up after ice-out, fished on a floating or intermediate line, with an 8-wt rod. You want this thing pulsing about 2-4 inches under the surface of the water.

There's something amazing about the bouncing, floating, wobble of a stuffed fly with a deer hair head. This is a Sir-Mix-A-Lot approved fly pattern.

Those Daiichi hooks are the bomb. Literally, the best big predator hooks I've ever used. Buy materials at

The Thickness
Hook: Daiichi 2461 Size 2/0
Thread: UniThread 6/0 white
Tail: White bucktail
Flash: Micro Opal Mirage Flashabou
Body: UV Polar Chenille, pearl
Body: Icelandic Sheep Hair
Collar: Extra-Select Marabou
Head: Deer belly hair

Martin Joergensen

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