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The IcyHot

- A Reader Contribution

Fly, Photography and Text by David Clunk



Fly Fish Ohio gets a surprising amount of reader mail.  Every week the inbox sees a dozen or so notes, many of them are to let us know that a technique or fly we've posted has hit the proverbial nail on the head in a creek or pond distant or nearby.  Every now and then we get ideas for new articles and flies and once in a while we get emails with neat new patterns attached, like this one from reader David Clunk of Ada, Michigan.  When a fly looks as good as the IcyHot we just have to show it off.  David wrote:


Glad you liked the flies. Not too bad for a displaced Ohio boy. ( Moved up here 15 years ago, but I'm still a Buckeye at heart. )

The IcyHot fly is very simple to tie & can be used for a variety of fish. My main target for this one is Trout, but I'm sure Panfish would nail it as well. I had ordered a special box of tying supplies from Fly Tyers Dungeon right before last Christmas & the H20 Twist was in the box. So I played around at the vise one night & built this fly.  The color & flash in this material will sparkle under the surface. I use this as the dropper fly with maybe a Stimulator on the surface, or add a split shot several inches above the fly, along with a small bobber on the leader & take home a sack of Bluegill.


-DaiRiki 3135 Size 10 Scud hook
-Fly Tyers Dungeon H2O Twist (Flash material)
-Peacock Ice Dubbing
-White Marabou
-White 6/0 thread or Clear mono thread (either works) The fly in the picture used the Mono Thread

With hook in Vise, start thread at the eye, cover w/thread back to however far you'd prefer (I cover with light coat of head cement).  Grasp 4-5 strands of H20 Twist & tie in with the long end forward (toward the eye) to make the tail. Tail can be maybe 1/4" to 3/8" long depending on hook size, or preference. Bring thread up toward eye, & make several half hitches. Take all the strands of the H20 twist in your hackle pliers & begin to twist a rope. Once the rope is fairly tight begin to wrap around shank tightly, stop the rope so that the eye is not crowded & that there is enough room for the Marabou & Dubbing. Tie off the Twist.


Take a Marabou feather & gather it close to the end to form a "wing". (The feather can be used for multiple flies. No need to waste a full feather on just one little fly.) Tie in the feather to extend over the back of the fly & trim off excess. Touch the thread lightly with dubbing wax, or don't it's tyers/user preference. Add Peacock Dubbing & dub small head. Whip finish & add head cement. The second to last step is optional, but I do it to make it last a little longer & be more durable. Keep the fly in the vise, pull feather forward & cover the Twist body with Head Cement. Release the feather carefully so not to glue feather to fly body. Once the cement is dry I use a Dubbing brush or Velcro on a short pencil to tease out Dubbing for legs, etc. Fish on a drift, or maybe with a little twitching motion to instill some action.

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