Hook: Daiichi 1120 #6-10
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 (Color to match
Body: Dubbed CDC orange, peach, yellow,
Tail: Two or three small CDC feathers
Eyes: Booby Cord or Rainy's Booby Eyes
Fly Craft Angling.com member Richard Duiker hails from Lemmer Holland and supplies us with his favorite Booby, the CDC Booby. Boobies traditionally feature a long marabou tail, a body utilizing a wide range of materials and unique round foam eyes that are the basis for its name. Richard, mixing naturally buoyant, supple CDC along with the signature foam eyes makes perfect sense.
The Booby first originated in England some 25 years ago and was the creation of Englishman Gordon Fraser who first used his innovation on Eyebrook Reservoir, Leicestershire. Using a revolutionary approach to fly pattern design Gordon decided upon using fast sinking lines in conjunction with short leaders and floating patterns. This combination allowed fly fishers to place their patterns right on or near the bottom with a minimum of hang-ups. Since its inception the Booby has garnered worldwide attention. Here in Canada its charms are only just beginning to be discovered.
The Booby philosophy works wonders on other fly pattern challenges and considerations. My Draggin and Foam Sprawler dragon nymph patterns trace their roots to the Booby. Boobies are an ideal choice when faced with nervous trout feeding in clear shallow waters. The sinking line cuts through the water masking its presence as it disappears into the weeds, marl and bottom debris. Using traditional fly lines and patterns in these conditions is a challenge keeping the fly out of trouble while not spooking trout by casting over them. Don’t be afraid of tying the odd gaudy Booby as well as aggressive trout will dart from long distance to inhale the fly. Strike quickly to avoid deep hook ups.
When dragging Boobies on the bottom a fast sinking type VI fly line must be used to overpower the Booby’s buoyant properties. Keep the leader short, 4 feet or less. Make a long cast and allow the fly line to reach the bottom. Use a handtwist or strip retrieve to crawl and dart the Booby over the bottom debris. Mix in numerous pauses allowing the Booby to rise and hover over the bottom. Be prepared for the strike the moment the Booby pauses. Boobies can be used at the surface as a disturbance pattern. Stillwaters known for piscivous trout are ideal candidates. The Booby’s eyes create a convincing wake that attracts trout from quite a distance believing the Booby to be a wounded minnow. In England where droppers are allowed anglers place the Booby on the point in conjunction with a team of nymphs. This rig known as the washing line takes advantage of the Booby’s flotation to suspend heavier more realistic patterns.