Claire’s Clothes Undressed
Story and Photography by Nick Didlick
Last month in this space we referred to a newly developed fly called Claire’s Clothes. We had a number of letters asking for the details on how it was tied, one reader wrote in asking what I used for the legs referring to it tongue in cheeck as Police Crime tape. So in response to readers here is the recipe for Claire’s Clothes.
I will confess here and say that I am not a professional fly tyer, but I do spend considerable time sitting on the banks of my favorite rivers trying to figure out fish and what makes them move to strike a fly. Especially when all the other patterns in my fly boxes don’t work. Claire’s Clothes was originally developed to attract large bull trout in rivers and streams hence the bright color and “buggy” appearance.
In practice the fly took more rainbow trout than bull trout so I am now using it when tight lipped rainbows are around. The fly should be fished like any other nymph pattern and I have found that it performed better when cast upstream on a dry line.
What you will need to tie a Claire’s Clothes
Hook: Umpqua Nymph hook 200R Size 8
Head: Dragonfly Large Gold Tungsten Bead
Tail: Just ADD H2O M.O.P. Gliss’n Glow
Body: Dragonfly Medium sized Orange Chenille
Throrax: Dragonfly Medium sized Dark Olive Chenille
Legs: Dragonfly Nymph Sili Legs Yellow Barred or Police Crime tape
Hackle: Umpqua #1 Saddle Hackle Dyed Black
Step by step Claire’s Clothes in the making