Hot fly for the 4th of July: The Two Bit Hooker!

Aaah, what a neat play on words for a great little fly. Bet you are wondering just how this fly got its’ name. I should first tell you that I was introduced to the fly by a superb Arkansas River guide. Larry Friedrichs guides out of the ArkAnglers Shop in Salida; and knows, among other fishing haunts, the Arkansas River like the back of his hand. Not to digress too much; but, you will not go wrong by signing up a day with Larry on any kind of trip.

Anyway, early one morning on the Arkansas, Larry gets us started with nymphs with the idea that dry fly fishing will come later in the day. We rig with a double nymph set up tying on the Two Bit Hooker as the dropper fly. The dropper is the fly on the end of your line. Just the name of this fly gets the conversation going. Larry explains that the “Hooker” is tied with two tungsten beads in the thorax, which explains the Two Bit part. The two beads give it more weight than another small nymph, and it sinks more quickly. The fly definitely becomes a “hooker” as immediately it is producing fish. We began using a red color Hooker that continues to be my favorite to this day. Many other colors are available. Black is probably my next favorite.

So, the Two Bit Hooker has been such a great success on the Arkansas that I began experimenting with it on others waters. It has also produced for me on the Colorado, the Yampa, the Roaring Fork and the Fryingpan rivers as well. I think it would be great on just about any piece of water.

You can purchase this fly from just about any fly shop or catalogue. If you like to tie your own flies, Charlie’s Fly Box offers some great step-by-step instructions: Check them out here!

Hopefully,  this 4th of July will find you drifting nymphs somewhere. Give the Hooker a try. And, let your mind wander!

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