Current River Gold

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The pattern was first tied by Saint Louis tier Dick Ryan.  On a cold winter evening after experiencing an ample dose of cabin fever, "I got out my fly tying materials and started imaging what if I took the impressionistic qualities of the wooly worm and modified it to look more like a stone fly.  I wanted a fly with lots of movement and could represent a number of food items to the fish.  It was first tested at the Ozark Fly Fishers Current River outing back in the mid-eighties.  There was a massive cicada hatch erupting in the Ozarks at that time and the river was loaded with eager trout.  The timing was perfect.  If I had tried the C-R Gold when the river was not so cooperative, the fly may never have had a second chance.

I was talking to Ed Story at Feather-Craft a short time later and mentioned it to him and gave him a few samples.  He said he was going down to fish the Meramec and would give it a try.  He fished it with much success and asked me if I had given it a name yet and I said not really.  He offered to name it the C.R. Gold and the rest is history."

As told to Ed Story, Ozark Fly Fishers



Hook: Muatad 9672, SIZE 10
Thread: Black
Tails: Rubber Legging Material
Antenna: Rubber Legging Materials
Carapace: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Indian Furnace Saddle Hackle Reversed Palmer Wrapped
Weight: .025 Lead Wire
Body: Gold Sparkle Wool Yarn

Tying Instructions

  1. Mount the hook and wrap on appropriate amount and size of lead.  Stop the lead at a point just above the point of the hook.  Be sure to leave about two eyes lengths behind the eye of the hook clear.
  2. Start thread and secure the lead in position.
  3. Tie in two pieces of rubber legging material at the eye of the hook being sure that the rubber legging material separates.  This will be the antenna.
  4. Pull the rubber legging material taunt and wrap it secure to the hook all the way to the end of the body (a point just above the barb of the hook).  The rubber legging material should be tied to the sides of the shank so that the material separates.  This will be the tail.
  5. Tie in the gold orange antron material (If the material is three strands, separate it and use only one strand).  Advance the thread to just above the point of the hook or to the end of the lead.
  6. At a point above the point of the hook tie in three or four pieces of peacock herl.
  7. At this same location tie in the hackle to be mounted palmer fashion wet style.  Bring the thread to the front of the hook.
  8. Wind the antron yarn forward being sure to have a snug wind behind and in front of the herl and hackle.  Tie off the yarn at a point behind the eye.
  9. Pull the peacock herl over the body to form a carapace and secure it at the eye of the hook.
  10. Advance the hackle forward in palmer fashion and tie it off at the eye of the hook.  As the material is tied off at the eye of the hook be sure that the rubber legging material stays separated to maintain the antenna look.
  11. Form a head and tie off.  Cement, if desired.

Fishing Techniques

The fly can be fished deep as the top fly on a shot and indicator rig or as the lone fly on a shot and indicator rig.  The fly should be fished deep.