Funny how a single event can trigger a whole chain of memories. A friend of ours dropped in at the shop the other day in preparation for an Orange River yellowfishing trip, and he had a photograph of a control fly tied on a circle hook. That photograph took me back to my two-year obsession with the Vaal and its yellows, and my own experiments with circle hooks. A nostalgic impulse made me sit down and tie a few Control Freaks – a weighted control fly that had its birth in that time. I’ll share the pattern with you and wish you many a good fish on it!
Hook: Circle or Scud
Thread to match overall colour
Weight: Hot Tungsten Bead and Lead Wire
Abdomen: Hares Ear Blend
Thorax: SLF or Gleamy Dub
Shellback: Scud Body or Thin Skin over Lateral Scale
Rib: 10lb Monofilamant