In my humble opinion, I think the brook trout is one of the most beautiful fish that one could ever hope to have dangling at the end of his or her fishing line. Some people set up aquariums to watch tropical fish and soothe their nerves. I can get the same feeling by watching one of these little guys going about his business in a small mountain stream. I could easily understand why they can be such a popular fish to catch. I love to tie classic wet flies and a few months ago I came across several patterns that I thought I might try. Two patterns I found especially appealing were the Trout Fin and Fontalis Fin. Both represent a brook trout's fin. It has been difficult for me to find the origin of these flies but what information I have found amounts to that in years past fishermen who caught brookies would clip a fin and throw it on a hook and use it to induce a strike from a brook trout defending a territory. I think that's a very clever idea but impractical for me because I practice catch and release. I have yet to master combining the sections of duck feathers to make a perfect wing for one of these classic wet flies so I had another idea. I have combine various aspects of other flies with those of a sakasa kebari in the past and thought I would try it with this color pattern as well. The result is the fly seen above. I'm hoping that either the color or the movement of the hackle will trigger a strike. In any case I think it's a beautiful looking fly and I can't wait to try it next spring.
Trout Fin Sakasa Kebari
Hook: Mustad C49S
Hackle: Gray Hungarian Partridge
Thread: black Uni-Thread 6/0
Body: Pearsall's hot orange silk thread or Uni-Floss, orange