Bitch Creek Trout Fly:
About the only thing we can find conclusive about the Bitch Creek Trout Fly
is that is was originated in Montana. It's said to have been designed to
imitate a stonefly nymph but you really have to stretch your imagination to
conceive such. In reality, it doesn't resemble a stonefly very well at all;
however, from an purely impressionistic standpoint, it probably does. We
consider it an attractor fly.
Some fly history buffs say it was named after Bitch Creek that flows into the
Teton River in Idaho near Yellowstone National Park. I cannot find any
definite confirmation of that but it likely could have been.
Rubber bands have been used on all types of flies created not only to catch
trout but many other species of fish. When a fly with rubber legs is
subjected to movement in the water, the legs bend backwards and when the
movement stops, the move forward back to their original position. This
makes the fly come alive with movement and mimics the natural aquatic
insects in the water.
Bitch Creek flies have thin rubber band legs; with two located at the tail and
two at located the head of the fly. When the fly is moved in short jerks, it has
a lot of action and under certain circumstances can really turn the fish on.
The fly is usually fished by allowing it to sink and by retrieving in using short
jerks or twitches of the rod tip. The color and the vibrations (sound) made
by the rubber legs obviously signals the trout that it is something alive that's
Many anglers and some of our customers use the Bitch Creek Trout fly for
other species of fish including bass and bream. For whatever reason one
can come up with, one thing is clear. The odd shape and style of the Bitch
Creek fly catches trout for some reason. To many anglers, that's reason
enough to want to have a few along in your fly box.
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Bitch Creek Trout Fly
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