Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Trout Bane tutorial

I have posted about this pattern in the past but the pics were sub par. So I redid the tutorial.  The trout bane is basically a tying technique I put together several years ago. It is a quick way to tie a two-toned buggy looking nymph, that the trout love.  I use the same technique to tie other T.B.s. All you need to do is to change the feather, thread color, and dub.  
  I usually will tie and fish these guy small. I like size 16-24 for all my banes. The technique allows for a nice slim profile which is great for small flies.  The fly is on the light side so it can be fished in the film with a little help from your floatant. Tied on light wire it will stay in the film, but i like to also have some tied on 1x heavy wire as well.  Dont shy away from other hooks on this one, they look great on scud hooks and emerger hooks.
  I like to finish all my T.B.s off with a light top coating of Bug Bond Light. This will protect the fly for many fish.  Now enough blabbering, Lets twist one up!  Click see the rest

Hook- Daiichi 1550 16-24
Thread- Uni 8/0 Light cahlill
Tail- Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen- Thread with pheasant tail fibers tied in on top
Rib- Tying thread
Wing case- Pheasant tail Fibers
Thorax- Light yellow u.v. Ice dub
Legs(optional)- Pheasant tail fibers

Start the thread near the eye. Run it back a quarter, and back up. Keep repeating and going down the shank a little further each time. This will form a taper.  Stop the thread before the barb

Take -6-8 pheasat tail fibers, use less for smaller flies.  Measure them to be half the distance of the hook shank, and tie them in on top with two wraps one right on top of the other

Now lift up the pheasant tail and take two touching turns forward on the shank. Then lay the pheasant tail down and take two wraps over it. Continue this until you reach the 3/4 point  on the shank

Now dub the thorax, Take a wrap over the pheasant tail fibers forcing them back. Be sure to keep them on top.

Now bring the pheasant tail over the top. Secure it down with two tight turns . Then one tight turn in front of the fibers

Split the remaining fibers to form legs. Sweep them back with your finger and thumb and wrap the thread back over them.

Whip finish. Then take the legs and pull them down to the point of the hook and snip.  you can cut them shorter, or if you dont want legs, simple break them off.

The top should look something like this.

And the bottom should look something like this.

Give the top a coating of u.v. light and your bane is ready fish.


  1. WHat product is u.v. light? Where is it available?


    1. That would be bug bond light. You can score it at blue quill angler. Ships free and fast You find it here http://www.bluequillangler.com/Products/Cements-and-Thinners/Bug-Bond-Lite-UV-Cure-Resin#.UD0INaDkq8A

  2. Johnny, Paul D. here. I do the Fly of the Month for the Housatonic Fly Fisherman's Association and a couple other websites. I was wondering if I could use your Trout Bane Fly for the Fly of the Month. A picture or two also if thats possible. My email is pdinice@snet.net Tight lines. Paul

  3. Looks like a Skip Nymph