Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Blueberry

The Blueberry is a fly I featured at the Denver Fly Fishing Show and was a fly I could not tie fast enough. The fly quickly gained a cult following and for good reason. The blueberry was tied late this fall in anticipation of fishing it this winter. Then earlier December I found myself inside Cheesman Canyon it was mid day the sun was blocked by the clouds. The air was crisp and cool and I had just had retied my set up and had put this fly on. First Cast into the deep pool, brought forth a very thick 19" inch rainbow. A few hours later and about a dozen more fish all on the same fly. I had lost about 5 other fish that I had either missed or broke off. I had found the perfect winter combination fly and pretty hefty one to boot. The Fly originally is a size 12 & 14 Dohiku Grub 644 Hook.
Thread: Pale Water Olive UTC 140 denier
Weight: .015 lead
Body: Tying Thread (bottom colored with Yellow permanent marker and bleeding heart brown permanent marker)
Shellback: Pearl White Magic Shrimp Foil
Rib: Fine Silver Wire/Black Sulkey another combo is UV Quill Body Fly Dk and Copper Wire. (deadly combo)
Thorax: Siman Peacock and Squirrel Tail natural mix
Bead: Steelhead Blue1/8 mm Brass (variation Montana Lucent Tungsten Blue)

Variation with Brass Steelhead Blue Bead.

Variation With Copper and UV Rib Partridge Cz Hook


Bigerrfish said...

very very nice.

Bluesmik said...

Hey Chad, nice flies. In the recipe you mentioned UV Quill fly dk for the ribbing material. What is it?

Chad Gauerke said...


Sorry for the long delay. UV Body Quill is a material from Fly DK out of Slovakia. It is a ribbing or body material. Comes in a few different colors.