How to Tie a Booby Fly
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How to Tie a Booby Fly

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Love them or hate them, the Booby fly has become an increasingly popular fly in British Columbia.  This fly proves very effective when fish are not necessarily on a heavy feed, and seem to be reluctant when presented other, more natural patterns.  This is a simple fly to tie, and only one version of how it can be tied.  I am a big believer in the marabou tail, as it provides a lot of movement when stripped through the water.

Materials Used:

Hook – Dai-Riki #135 sz. 10

Thread – UTC 140 Fl. Orange

Eyes – White Foam Post

Tail – Marabou (Yellow)

Body – Semperfli 15mm Plush Chenille

The beauty of this fly is the pure simplicity, requiring only 3 materials.

Cut a piece slightly longer than you think you will need, this allows trimming of the eyes.  There are a variety of ways to make booby eyes, or you can purchase them pre-cut and rounded.

Attach tying thread behind the eye of the hook

Tie in booby eyes using a figure-8 pattern with the tying thread, leave a little bit of room between the foam eyes and the eye of the fly to avoid crowding

Tie in marabou tail, do not be afraid to tie in a bit longer tail than you would on leeches or damsels.  This fly is not supposed to represent anything natural anyways, so have fun with it!  A long marabou tail will wiggle like crazy when stripped.

Tie in the plush chenille.  This is made a bit easier by stripping away a few of the fibres, exposing the braided core.

Wrap the plush chenille forward, palmering the material as you go.  Whip finish, glue and you are done!


There you have it.  This is not a natural fly, there is nothing in nature that it represents but fish absolutely love it.  How do you fish it?  My favourite way is with the Scientific Anglers Sonar S3/S5 or S5/S7 in anything from 2 to 20 feet of water, with my favourite depths being less than 10 feet with a clean marl or mud bottom.

There is still tons of great Stillwater fishing remaining in the Kamloops area, with egg season just starting on some local rivers and river mouths.  Questions?  Drop an email using the form below!



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