In this fly tying tutorial, we take a look at Matt's Wildcard. This modern-styled soft hackle is great for tempting trout before the hatches get started or when you just want to prospect through good looking water.
- Hook: TMC 200R #10-14
- Thread: UNI 6/0 Olive Dun
- Tail: CDL Fibers
- Rib: Small Ultra Wire (Copper)
- Flash: Ripple Ice Dub (Mother of Pearl or Bronze Peacock)
- Thorax: Hare’s Ear Dub
- Hackle: Partridge Skin or Feathers
This pattern fishes best on a downstream & across swing presentation. I like to use a Scientific Anglers Sonar leader to help get this fly down to the fish. Using a fly without extra weight allows me to fish close to the wood where fish like to hide. Be sure to let the fly dangle at the end of your drift!