The Bloody Mary came about as a way, after much trial, error and experimentation, of imitating the adult and larval stages of large stoneflies.
“Every so often a real gem comes to light, a fly that either answers some long-standing need, or, by virtue of it’s success just as a nondescript, is a contribution of definite value to the sport…Without question the Bloody Mary is such a fly.”David Scholes
The following is, after some experimentation of his own, Paul Fedeles’ variant.
- Bead head: Tungsten or 3 turns of 0.15 lead free. (Important step)
- Hook: 2x size 16 Nymph
- Thread: Red Sheer 14/0
- Rib 1: Ultra-small silver wire
- Rib 2: Peacock Herl
- Tail: Red EP soft fibres
- Body: Red woolly nylon
- Hackle: Saddle Grizzly feather or soft hackle
Crush the barb, put on the bead or wire and cover hook with thread.
- Crush the barb, put on the bead or wire and cover hook with thread.
- Starting at the bead, tie in the silver wire finishing on top of the hook.
- Starting at the bead, tie in a small hank of Soft Red EP fibres.
- Split the hank at the bend, pull the wire through and wrap it once around the hook.
- Starting at the bead, tie in a single peacock herl back to the bend
- Starting at bead tie in a 6-inch piece of woolly nylon back to the bend.
- Wrap the woolly nylon forward and back until you have created the body. Tie it off.
- Palmer the peacock over the hook creating the first set of ribs.
- Palmer the silver wire under the body for the second rib. The wraps should be between the ribs of the peacock herl.
- Tie in the hackle and make two wraps and tie it off.
- Whip finish and place one drop of Sally Hansen just behind the bead or eye of the hook.