Tom Jones Fly

Tom Jones Fly

A vintage Aussie pattern; hen rainbows have been known to throw their hotel room keys on stage when seen. A few changes to the original due to materials on hand – possum for black squirrel and rabbit for kangaroo in the wing.


The Tom Jones fly is equally at home tempting fry feeders or as a searching pattern on rivers and stillwaters. It seems to be one of those wonder flies because it has a slim profile, subtle colours, and yet its fuzzy outline make it an imitator of nothing specific but seems to be a little like everything. When viewed from a fishy perspective it seems to imitate scuds (freshwater shrimp), damsels, stick caddis etc.

Original and variants


  • Hook – Mustad 9671 #8
  • Thread – Danville 6/0 black
  • Rib – oval tinsel gold
  • Tag – Uni-Stretch Chinese red
  • Tail – Australian possum black
  • Body – medium chenille light olive
  • Wing(s) – rabbit olive
Tom Jones with beadhead
Tom Jones with beadhead

Tying Instructions

Tom Jones, step 1


Mash barb, start thread, tie in rib, wrap to bend.

Step 2

Tie in Uni-Stretch, wrap down bend and back; tie off/trim.

Tom Jones, step 2b
Tom Jones, step 3

Step 3

Measure (shank length) a clump of possum tail; tie in.

Tom Jones, step 4
Tom Jones, step 4

Step 4

Strip end off chenille; tie in.

Tom Jones, step 4b
Tom Jones, step 5

Step 4

Wrap chenille to 1/2 mark.

Tom Jones, step 6

Step 5

Measure (halfway to tail) a clump of rabbit; tie in.

Tom Jones, step 5b
Tom Jones, step 6

Step 6

Finish wrapping chenille; tie off/trim.

Tim Jones, step 7a

Step 7

Counterwrap rib; tie off/trim.

Tom Jones. step 7b
Tom Jones, Step 8

Step 8

Add front wing.

Tom Jones, step 9

Step 9

Trim, whip finish, add head with Sally Hanson Hard as Nails.

Tom Jones, finished 1
Tom Jones, finished 2