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.
- 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
Mash barb, start thread, tie in rib, wrap to bend.
Tie in Uni-Stretch, wrap down bend and back; tie off/trim.
Measure (shank length) a clump of possum tail; tie in.
Strip end off chenille; tie in.
Wrap chenille to 1/2 mark.
Measure (halfway to tail) a clump of rabbit; tie in.
Finish wrapping chenille; tie off/trim.
Counterwrap rib; tie off/trim.
Add front wing.
Trim, whip finish, add head with Sally Hanson Hard as Nails.