HOOK: 3x long, size 6 to 10
BODY: Yarn, chenille or dubbing.
HACKLE: Two or three pheasant rump feathers
TAIL: Pheasant rump
Perhaps the most common color combination is a black body
with brown hackle (as above). Some other popular color combinations
include black, green, red, or sage body with natural (brown)
or olive-died pheasant rump for hackle. When wrapping pheasant
rump feathers as the hackle, begin by tying the feathers in
from the stem. Use hackle pliers to then wrap the feathers,
and tie down.
FISHING THE CAREY SPECIAL:
Originally called the "Monkey-faced Louise", until receiving
the name Carey Special. It was aptly named the Carey Special
from its originator, Coloney Carey. Doctor Lloyd Day of Kelowna
found a groundhog on his fishing trip and asked Coloney Carey
to tie a fly from the hairs. Today, it has many colors, and
is usually tied with pheasant rump rather than groundhog.
A Carey Special can simulate many insects, including dragonfly
nymphs, caddis nymphs, mayfly nymphs, and leeches. The Carey
is by far one of the most popular lake fishing patterns in
British Columbia. Look in any local angler's fly box, and
it will probably contain a Carey Special. It is an exceptional
trolling fly, and a great searching pattern.
The most common way to fish the Carey Special in British
Columbia's lakes, is to troll the fly on or near the bottom
with a full sink line. At other times, success can be found
while trolling the fly at intermediate depths, or near the
surface. Often variations in the retrieve will elicit strikes.
Short tugs of about 2 to 3 inches, or long slow pulls of about
8 to 12 inches, followed by a pause should be tried.