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Fat Albert Fly Step-by-Step:
While foam attractor patterns may be frowned upon by some purists among the fly fishing ranks, there’s no denying their effectiveness on the water. Buoyant enough to ride high in even the swiftest of ripples, these patterns are a mainstay in dry-dropper boxes wherever trout are found. Supporting multiple tungsten beaded nymphs as well as any indicator, these flies often trigger the type of explosive strike that anglers dream of. Designed to imitate a range of insect life from mayflies and stones to terrestrials, the value of these patterns extends well beyond the cold water realm.
Such is my hope for today’s pattern, the Fat Albert, as I hope it will prove as effective on the spotted bass and panfish of Louisiana as it does on the trout streams of Colorado.
While I don’t know a great deal about this fly’s origin, it came to my attention while reading the accounts of Colorado angler, Dave Weller. Dave’s blog is an exceptional resource for any angler planning a trip to Colorado, and I’ve found I gleaned more helpful tips and insights from reading his field reports than from any other source. I’ve relied on many of the patterns I learned from his blog on past visits to the west, and maintain a list of others that I’ve still yet to touch upon. Today’s tutorial is one of the latter. A pattern I expect to remain in my terrestrial box for the foreseeable future.
|2-3x Long All-Purpose (Size 4-10)||140-denier (Hopper Yellow)||2-mm Foam (Brown & Tan)|
|Centipede Legs (Medium; Barred)||Z-lon or Similar (Orange or White)||UV Resin|
Fat Albert Fly Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:
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Tips and Tricks
- Brood X – Though it’s a little late in the game for the current emergence event, this pattern could easily be upsized to mimic a cicada. Break out the orange and black foam, and see what’s biting. From the photos I’ve seen, the answer is everything from stream trout to common carp.
Proof of Concept
For the moment, the Fat Albert remains unproven. Household chores and an afternoon shower saw to that. Weather (and the lawn) willing, that should change next week.