Alewife- How to tie Flick's Phenom
By Al Caucci
Alewives are often washed over the
Cannonsville Dam into the West Branch of the Delaware River
during late winter and early spring when the Cannonsville Reservoir
These baitfish are usually 3 - 5
inches length, with some approaching 7 inches on the larger size.
Often they are stunned from the
journey and water temperatures and are easy prey for hungry
This influx of protein can offer the
best chance of the year to land a trophy trout.
In the mid 90s angler/artist Flick Ford (www.flickford.com)
began fooling around with patterns that imitated alewives.
Combining the movement of marabou and rabbit, Flick added
light aluminum eyes and a deep body that caused the fly to roll
in between strips. That
action proved deadly and Flicks Phenom quickly became one of
our go to patterns on the Delaware System. It's also a
great pattern in Yellow/Brown (see below), Black, and Orange.
TMC 8089 #2 , #6 or
Targus Equivalent (Tar8089)
Uni White 3/0
Spirit River Aluminum Deep See Eyes (Silver) with silver
prism eye sticker
White Hi Vis or Enrico Sea Fibers
White Rabbit Strip
Silver Krystal Flash
Tie in eyes 2 eye lengths behind hook eye, then tie in two pieces of krystal flash at hook bend and fold over
Tie in two marabou feathers at hook bend
Palmer marabou forward
(try to keep all material close to the bend)
Tie in rabbit strip over marabou at bend of hook
Tie in Hi Vis High Style along the bottom of the hook shank
finishing with one stack in front of See Eyes (this is done
along the shank, rather than across it, much like stacking deer
Lay a bead of super glue gel along the top of the hook shank and
tie off rabbit strip right behind eye.
Head cement the wraps
Take the fly out of the vice and trim the body to shape- usually
can be done in two cuts- one on each side on an angle.
The Yellow/Brown version is tied the
the colors change as follows
Same as above
Uni Yellow 3/0
Eyes: Same as above
Yellow Hi Vis or Enrico Sea Fibers
Brown Rabbit Strip
Gold Krystal Flash