Depth Charge

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The Depth Charge is a pattern that resembles Cal Bird's Bird's Nest Fly. The adaptation as tied was the brain child of Greg Vinci. Greg like the shape, style and silhouette of the Bird's Nest, but wanted something that would get down deep quickly. Hence, the addition of two beads to add weight. The Depth Charge is presented as tied by Mike Swederska


Hook:Size: 12-14
Thread:Color to Match Body 8/0
Beads:Small Brass and Large Black Brass or Tungsten
Antennae:Goose Biot Color of Fly
Tails:Goose Biot Color of Fly
Rib:Small or Medium Copper Ultra Wire
Abdomen:Squirrel Dubbing Color of Fly Chose
Thorax:Same Dubbing as Abdomen


Step Five

Tie in the goose biots at the base of the dubbing ball. Keeping them the same length as the front biots. Tie the biots in wrapping the thread to the black bead. Tie in the brass wire nearest you on the hook shank wrapping the thread towards the tail. As you get to the last two thread wraps pull the brass wire in the direction over the hook shank as if you were starting to wrap it on the shank. Use the thread to tie it in holding this position. Do not dislocate the tail biots tying in the brass wire.

Step Six

Dub forward building a tapered body. Then wrap the brass wire segmenting the body. Tie in the brass wire creating a foundation for the hackle legs pushing the black bead tight against the brass bead.


Step Seven

Tie in the partridge hackle on the foundation of thread just made behind the black bead. Tie this hackle on the back edge of the foundation allowing room to make one wrap of hackle forward. This will create the legs. Tie the hackle off with just a couple of wraps of thread caressing the hackle rearward. Apply just a small amount of the same dubbing just in front of the hackle then whip finish and apply head cement.

Tying Instructions

Step One

Install two beads on the hook at the same time. Install the smaller brass bead first with the smaller hole towards the hook eye. The larger black bead has the larger hole facing the smaller brass bead.

Step Two

Start your thread behind the brass bead creating a taper forward to the brass bead. This will give you a foundation for installing the goose biots. If you do not create a taper the goose biots will stick out to the sides like legs. You want them to face forward in a splayed fashion.

Sept Three

Tie in two goose biots with the natural curve to the center of the hook. Make the length of the biots just under the hook shank length. Whip finish off and apply head cement.

Step Four

Slide the black bead forward pushing the goose biots forward. Start your thread behind the bead and wrap to the hook bend. Build a very small ball of dubbing used to splay out the goose biots used for the tail.