What’s in YOUR BOX?

Gareth Jones high­lights three Booby pat­terns from his early-sea­son fly box …

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

GARETH Jones works for tackle gi­ants BVG Air­flo as a prod­uct devel­oper and mar­ket­ing man­ager. He’s also a top com­pe­ti­tion an­gler and Welsh in­ter­na­tional. Along with Iain Barr he’s the star of the free DVD with this is­sue about mod­ern reser­voir tac­tics. Gareth has won many match honours and is a true all-rounder at home on rivers, small wa­ters and reser­voirs. He was in­stru­men­tal in ne­go­ti­a­tions to keep Llan­degfedd open.

1 Olive Booby

Tied on a size 10 Ka­masan B175, with olive thread, golden olive marabou tail, FNF Pi­cric or Pel­let body and 6mm yel­low foam eyes. This is ab­so­lutely deadly when the fish have gone off the bright stuff and it’s one of my ‘go to’ pat­terns on the mid­land reser­voirs. This fly is al­ways on the drop­per be­cause it has enough colour with­out be­ing an ‘in your face’ or­ange or pink.

2 Black Marabou Booby

Again, a size 10 Ka­masan B175 hook, black marabou tail, body and wing, medium mi­rage rib and 6mm black foam eyes. A su­perb pat­tern for fish­ing deep, this fly has loads of move­ment and that makes it es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive on the hang, with the marabou giv­ing it loads of life as it slowly lifts up through the wa­ter col­umn.

3 Den­nis Booby

A size 10 Ka­masan B175, black marabou tail, black or red Fritz body and 6mm black foam eyes. This fly has nice, sub­tle flash - just enough amount with­out be­ing over the top, which can spook the fish. I re­ally like the den­sity of colour you get with this pat­tern and it’s a great choice if the wa­ter is a lit­tle cloudy. A top pat­tern for early sea­son for me and po­si­tioned on the point of a two or three-fly leader set-up.

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