P.O. Box 1181, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1181

Dubuque Fly Fishers


Thread Wrap Trico

Tyer: Kate Lodge

Source: Jeffery Skeate

Type: Dry

Thread: ##8/0 pre-waxed black

Tail: Grizzly hackle

Body: Black thread only

Hackle: #20 grizzly


Tie on a few wisps of grizzly hackle for the tail

Wrap a tapered black body half way to the eyelet using thread only

Wrap four or five turns of #20 grizzly hackle from end of black body to eyelet

Tie off or whip finish thread at eyelet for small head. Tie in the tail hackle bars--just slight longer than the shank of the hook

Note: This is a very effective and simple Trico pattern and can also be used for baetis and midge hatches in addition to the early morning Trico hatches of late July, August, and September. Trico fishermen advocate a number of different approaches to fishing the Trico hatch, but I have found a remarkable improvement in strike numbers by using a #24 pattern. The elongated tail makes the pattern effective when the dominant take is spinners later in the morning, but it also helps balance the fly on the water and the pattern is extremely effective with duns as well. Even with a #24 hook, I use #20 grizzly hackle for the hackle wrap to slightly over-hackle the pattern, an old Catskills trying tradition. This makes the fly ride high in the water and much easier to see. Always use 7X tippet or smaller when fishing the #24 pattern. It is very important to keep your eye on the fly when it's on the water or you'll miss the strike.

Photo: Copyright Marv Slind and used by permission. No reproduction allowed without permission.