I always look forward to Doug Pullan's presentation. Tonight 15 tyers dared to take the challenge to learn to stack and spin deer hair on the way to making the Dahlberg Diver. Doug's excellent instruction yielded some superb Divers.
Remember that the IF4 Fly Fishing Film festival is at Carnival Theatre this Thursday Febraury 27th. The films start at 7 pm. Remember that we have 4 of our own guys in a film produced by Dana Latterly. You can order tickets RIGHT HERE or buy tickets at West River Fly Shop. Of course you can buy tickets right at Carnival Theatre on Thursday evening!
Remember that next Monday is our final fly tying session of the season. See you then!
This fly pattern was first developed by Larry Dahlberg back in the late 1970s. This versatile fly has been used to catch large Trout, Bass, Pike and Muskie in fresh water and Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Saratoga, Barrumundi, Tarpon and Water Dragons in salt water environments. Anything that swims and feeds off the surface of the water will be tempted to crush this popper type top water pattern. All the components of the Dahlberg Diver create a seductive attraction that fish are drawn to. There are a number of pattern variations of this fly coupled with the appropriate size can imitate a frog, insect, lizard, fish or even a mouse struggling on the water. The fly pattern was developed to dive and swim when retrieved, and to resurface during any pause in the retrieve. This pattern if equipped with a weed guard, works well fishing through and alongside weed beds and structure. Retrieving the fly with short sharp strips causes the fly to bloop, leaving a bubble trail in its wake. Sometimes just leaving the fly sitting in one place with the odd shake of the rod to cause the fly to vibrate can attract a strike.
The fly can be fished using a sink tip or a floating line with a short heavy test leader. The takes can be sudden and violent so hang on to the rod. Have fun.
Hook - Daiichi 2546 size 2/0
Thread - Gel Spun 200d
Tail - Chartreuse Bucktail, Holographic Firetiger Flasabou, Chartreuse Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Olive Krystal Flash
Tail Collar – Olive Marabou
Body – Deer hair (white, dark green, black, light olive)
Eyes – 6mm plastic gold eyes