This last month in messing around at my fly bench I came up with what I think is a pretty good looking fly. I love this fly design enough to adopt it as my new "one fly" or "go to fly" for the next few years to come. The design is appealing to me and in the few times I have fished it, it seems to be appealing to the fish as well.
I am excited by the design for some esthetic reasons too. It just looks a little like an antique fly design. It is humble and yet practical with its splash of red thorax to catch the eye of the discerning trout.
For a long time now I have experimented with using sharpie markers to dye thread while tying flies, resulting in a unique design. The fly I cam e up with was, named by Amanda Hoffner as "Matchstick Sakasa Kebari". Its desing resembles a matchstick with a red head and the hackles resembling sparks.
Size 12 straight shank hook.
Cotton sewing thread in tan, beige or my original choice of gold.
Medium stiff grizzly hackle or mix it up with what you have on hand.
Red Sharpie marker
To tie the fly, follow these steps:
I will be offering these flies soon on my etsy store.