Since I first discovered Madeira metallic threads, this pearl thread has become a staple for corixa patterns. This is a more suggestive pattern than other corixa patterns, but it is quick to tie in a range of sizes. Imitating the Corixa Punctata or lesser water boatman, these wonderful insects breath oxygen by trapping it beneath their wing cases – the pearl colour of the Madeira thread suggests this trapped bubble of air perfectly in this pattern. Technically, Corixa don’t have tails, but the tail here accentuates the overall shape of the insect which tapers markedly towards its rear.
Hook: Tiemco 3769 #10-14 Tail: Brown rooster hackle fibres Back: Hen pheasant Rib: Silver wire Body: Madeira metallic Col. 300 Hackle: Brown rooster Thread: Uni 8/0 white, switched for brown for head
Hook: Tiemco 200R 14-18 Rib: Silver wire Body: Hemingway’s Hare’s Dubbing Plus UV, black Hackle: Badger Gills: 3/32 foam cylinder Thread: Danville 6/0 black
The original is a pattern devised by John Shewey, Editor-in-Chief of the US Northwest Fly Fishing family of magazines. It already had elements of the classic suspender buzzer pattern, I rather like the addition of the hackle, the original used a peacock thorax and grizzly hackle, I’ve used a badger.
Tim Flager’s Brahma hen reinterpretation of the classic US fly pattern the “Woolly Bugger” adapted for UK stillwaters. The original Pitsford Pea used a black chenille body and a lime green chenille collar, part Dog Nobbler, part Tadpole in its origins and has been around for over thirty years. Its origins are a little unknown, as the late Pitsford fly fisher, Bev Perkins , wrote in an article in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying “no-one really wanted to hold their hand up and say: ‘I devised the Pitsford Pea!'”. It has subsequently given rise to a whole series of “Peas” often named after the English midlands waters they were devised for, or at times even particular stretches of some waters. My favourite is the Ravensthorpe Pea, named after the beautiful Victorian reservoir just north of Northampton that I’ve fished many times. This adaptation uses the colour combination of the original “Pea”, hence the name. The Brahma hen should give it lots of motion, so will be interesting to give it an outing early season. Head hackle on this one is a single grizzly hen hackle, but could easily pop on a second to make the head a bit more pronounced. Equally easy to hide as much lead as one would like under all that Brahma.
Hook: Kamasan B830 #10 Tail: Brahma hen chickabou, dyed black Body: 4/5 Brahma hen hackles, dyed black Head hackle: Grizzly hen, dyed chartreuse Thread: Danville 6/0 black