Story and Photography by Nick Didlick
Dave’s Dream a.k.a. the Pitt River Special is a Steelhead Fly pattern that has proven itself for me over a number of steelheading seasons. A sparsely dressed fly, Dave’s Dream resembles a Comet Fly and works well in clear water conditions in all types of rivers we find on the West Coast of Canada.
Dave’s Dream is named after a fishing partner of mine and it was perfected during spring fishing trips to the Upper Pitt River over a number of seasons hence the name and its alias. While developed as a Steelhead pattern I have hooked and landed Bull Trout, Rainbows and Cutthroat on this handy little pattern which is fast becoming one of my favourites.
When fishing in the fall, winter and spring Dave’s Dream can be found in my fly box along with Kelsey’s Hope and Claire’s Clothes in what I secretly call my Grand Slam of flies. Now with this, the last in the series of fly patterns here in the Fly Box on A River Never Sleeps the seceret is out.
Below is a step by step guide to tying Dave’s Dream.
What you will need to tie Dave’s Dream
Hook: Tiemco TMC 8089NP Size 10 for a large fly. I have subsituted a Mustad #34007 which works great but like the large gap on the TMC 8089NP
Eye: Spirit River I-Balz Nickel 5/32″ 12CT
Body: Orvis Super Strong Tippet material 25 pound test (Diameter .015) over UNI-Mylar #12 Gold/Silver Tinsel. If you saw last month’s Fly Box which featured Kelsey’s Hope you will be familiar with this step.
Wing: Natural Mallard Flank over Just ADD H2O Gliss’N Glow color Live Glow.
Tail: Just ADD H2O Gliss’N Glow color Live Glow
Throat: Seal Fur dyed Fluorescent Orange
Thread: Black Waxed Monocord 3/0.
Step by step Dave’s Dream in the making
|Position the Tiemco TMC 8089NP Size 10 for a large fly in your vice.|
|Tie on the Black Waxed Monocord 3/0 to the point of the hook and tie in 4 or 5 strands of the Just ADD H2O Gliss’N Glow color Live Glow and leave it long to act as a tail.|
|Tie on the Orvis Super Strong Tippet material 25 pound test (Diameter .015) and the UNI-Mylar #12 Gold Silver Tinsel so that the silver side will be on the outside. Bring the tying thread to the head of the hook.|
|Wrap the UNI-Mylar #12 Gold Silver Tinsel silver side out for the length of the body and tie it off and trim off the excess.|
|This is the tricky step! Wrap the Orvis Super Strong Tippet material 25 pound test (Diameter .015) around the hook and over the UNI-Mylar #12 Gold Silver Tinsel. This will give the body of the fly some depth and protect the tinsel from ripping on the teeth of a hooked fish. Carefully trim off the excess.|
|Tie in 4 or 5 strands of the Just ADD H2O Gliss’N Glow color Live Glow and leave it long it will be the under wing.|
|Tie on the Natural Mallard Flank as the over wing.|
|Tie in the Seal Fur dyed Fluorescent Orange as a throat.|
|Tie on the Spirit River I-Balz Nickel 5/32″ 12CT to the top of the hook near the eye. Whip finish and cement the head.|
|Trim your Dave’s Dream so the 4-5 strands of Gliss’N Glow hang well back of the bend of the hook. Trim the Gliss’N Glow under the wing slightly longer than the Natural Mallard Flank. Trim the Orange Seal Fur Throat to look like yoke.|