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Chartreuse C.O.D. (Catch on Delivery) Fly Pattern Recipe

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Chartreuse C.O.D. (Catch on Delivery) Fly Pattern Recipe

The C.O.D. (Catch on Delivery) fly came into play after Brian and Andrew spent many hours searching the local waters for Bull Trout. This pattern has been successfully used in many different colour variations such as blue/white, pink/white and olive/white. However, we have found that chartreuse/white is one of the most effective variants. This often under-utilized colour combination has produced some excellent results when pursuing Bull Trout. 

This fly swims so enticingly through the water that Bull Trout find it irresistible. This C.O.D. is best swung on a 5’ to 12’ medium to heavy sink tip with a short 4’ 15lbs Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Leader.

Pro tip: As the fly is swinging, apply a slow retrieve to add even more movement to further entice the sometimes lethargic winter Bull Trout. The C.O.D. fly has also earned itself a permanent spot in my Steelhead fly box. 

Chartreuse C.O.D. (Catch on Delivery) Fly Tying Materials

Thread: UTC fluorescent chartreuse 140 thread
Shank: Tiemco TMC 9394 #2
Dumbbell Eyes: Wapsi painted lead chartreuse small
Trailing Line: Senyo’s Stinger Wire black
Stinger Hook: Gamakatsu Octopus hook black nickel size 1
Rear Legs: Wapsi Sili Legs clear/pearl silver flake
Rear Wing: White polar bear fur, Angel Hair pearl blue, white rhea, chartreuse rhea
Lateral Lines: Cascade Krinkle Mirror Flash purple
Body: Hareline Ice Dubbing caddis green
Front Wing: White polar bear fur, white rhea, chartreuse rhea, pearl blue angel hair, Cascade New Age krinkle flash winter run blue
Front Lateral Lines: 2 strands of Cascade Krinkle Mirror Flash purple
Front Legs: Wapsi Sili Legs clear/pearl silver flake
Head: Hareline Ice Dubbing caddis green

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Build the Shank

a.) Wrap shank with thread and tie in dumbbell eyes.
b.) Tie in trailing line and stinger hook.

Step 2: Build Rear Wing

a.) Tie in clump of white polar bear fur, Angel Hair and add 1 Sili Leg to each side.
b.) Tie in clump of white and chartreuse rhea feathers.
c.) Tie in 2 strands of purple Krinkle Mirror Flash on each side of wing.

Step 3: Build Body

a.) Dub in caddis green Ice Dub.

Step 4: Build Front Wing

a.) Tie in clump of white polar bear and Angel Hair.

b.) Tie in clump of white and chartreuse rhea feathers.
c.) Tie in 2 strands of purple Krinkle Flash on each side of the wing.
d.) Tie in 1 Sili Leg.

Step 5: Build Head & Finish Fly

a.) Dub in caddis green Ice Dub head.
b.) Whip finish fly.
c.) Cut off shank hook point with pliers.
d.) GO FISHING!!!

All of the materials used to tie this fly are available for purchase in our online store. If you have any questions or would like to order some flies, please give us a call at 604-931-5044 or email us at searun2013@gmail.com.

Tight Lines,

Andrew Redmont

Check out our Winter Bull Trout Fly Fishing post here.

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1 comment

  • by Len

    Sorry, Andrew. For me it is with fly tying as it is with cooking, More than 5 ingredients (to say nothing of 13!) and I begin to look for something else to work on! :-)

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