Fly of the Month – The Double T

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Matthew Beers, Circleville NY. Matthew is mostly known for tying traditional style Catskill flies. Find Matthew on Instagram.

I’d like to dedicate this post to James “Bucky” Sterns, my fly fly tying mentor, friend and a Catskill Fly Fishing Legend. May you rest in everlasting peace.

The Double T
The Double T (originally known as The Trout Treat) is a Caddis Pupae I developed on my home water in the Catskills of New York about 5 years ago. I envisioned a virtually indestructible fly pattern simple to tie but capable of withstanding the rough wild water of Catskill rivers as well as, God willing, hungry trout. This pattern has been tested across the United States and even been successful in Scotland & England. It can be fished by high stick nymphing methods as well as swung like a wet fly to produce savage strikes on the accent. The furled antron body with a tight wrapped dubbing collar will take a beating and a half. Great for fish after fish after fish action!

Materials List:
Hook  –   size 10 -16  J Stockard J2500 Heavy Scud (item # HK-012500-0000) or TMC 2487 Shrimp & Caddis Pupae Hook (item # HK-062457-0000)
Thread  –  Wapsi UTC Ultra 70 Denier  (item #02 5070-0000 Dark Brown)
Tail  –  Stripped Goose Biot  (Item #790270-0000 Dark Brown or Tan) or Turkey Biot Quills (item #790275-0000 Dark Brown or Tan)
Body  –  Antron Yarn – ( Item # SM-700400-0000 Dark Brown)
CollarAngora Goat Dubbing (item # SM-012150-0000 Brown)

Tying Steps:

1. Size 10-16 J Stockard J2500 Heavy Scud Hook (HK-0125000-0000) or TMC 2487 Shrimp & Caddis Pupae Hook Cyclops Bead to Match Hook Size. (The heaviest bead the hook will allow)

2. Tye on thread behind bead and wrap all the way through bend till parallel with barb. Then wrap back up to mid way of bend making a small ball of thread in preparation for biot tail buds.

3. Tye in two biots in a “V” shape synching them down as returning your thread to right behind the beadhead.

4. Tie on Antron Yarn flat behind beadhead and synching it down on the top of the hook shank back the the tail biots. Then return your thread to behind the beadhead (we are using the Antron to build body)

5. It’s time to Furl! Holding the end of the Antron with your hackle pliers begin twisting the antron clockwise until it begins to form a rope, if you go to far it will begin to double over on itself. you want a nice tight rope to work with.
For more on Furling read  “Tying Furled Flies: Patterns for Trout, Bass, and Steelhead” by Ken Hanley

6. Using your furled antron wrap your body with touching tight wraps all the way up the hook shank and tye off behind the beadhead. cut off excess antron.

7. Bring your thread back over the wrapped antron body about an 1/8th of the hook shank and tye in your wing buds. Two more biots in a V shape.

8. Dub Angora goat directly onto thread (Dubbing Wax may be needed Angora can be rough to dub)

9. Dub your collar tightly finishing right behind Beadhead, whip finish and cut thread. Tease the angora collar for desired buggyness and GO FISHING!!

3 thoughts on “Fly of the Month – The Double T

    1. Matt Beers aka Catskill Flyfisher

      The 2487 is used as an alternative. I generally tie them on a heavy scud, but As long as you got a heavy beadhead on she’ll sink regardless of hook.
      Cheers 🍻

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