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The Hot Spot Fishing Fly

The Hotspot Fishing Fly

Ingredients for the Hot Spot:
  • Curved shank hook size 10 - 16
  • Brown saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Red single strand floss
  • 6/0 brown or red thread
Tie on the thread.

Tie on your thread and run it to the middle of the slope of the hook. Tie in an appropriately sized brown saddle hackle. The hackle should be between 1.25 and 1.5 times the gap of the hook. Wrap your hackle about 5-6 time to form the rear wing.

Adding the herl

Tie off the hackle and trim it. Tie in 3-4 strands of peacock herl by their tips. Wrap the peacock herl around your tying thread to reinforce the herl.

Tie in the hot spot

Take about 4 wraps around the hook shank with the peacock herl. Tie down the herl, but do not trim it. We will use it again. Tie in a piece of red floss where you have tied down the herl. You are welcome to try different variations of color on this fly. I commonly use olive, orange and yellow floss as the "Hot Spot" on this fly.

Finishing the herl body

Wrap the floss around the hook shank overtop of the tied down peacock herl to create the "Hot Spot" on the fly. Tie off the floss, and trim off the excess. Take the remaining peacock herl and wrap another 4 wraps. Tie off the herl, and trim the excess.

Finish the fly

Tie in another brown saddle hackle, and wrap on the front wing onto the hook. You will want to have a similarly sized wing in the front and back. Tie off the hackle, and trim the excess. Add a whip finish to the fly, and add a dab of head cement to the head.