Hook: Tiemco TMC 100 #20
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 Gray
Tail: Dun Hackle Fibers
Rib: Gold Wire BR
Wing: White Foam
Thorax: Gray Dubbing of choice*
*The original pattern was tied with Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
The Todd Special was named by my friends and fishing partners with the understanding that it can easily be viewed as a variation of several other patterns out there. It originated after tedious study of real Blue Wing Olives on the San Juan River including lots of trial and error sessions tying new flies and testing them in water until I was satisfied with the results. I finally got a fly matching the samples I was working off of, so it was time for the real R&D; what do the fish think? The Todd Special became an instant hit with the fish and has probably landed more fish to date than any other fly I’ve ever fished. Now that is making quite the statement.
1. Place hook in vice and crimp barb. Wrap the hook shank with thread. Remove a clump of hackle fibers from the stem of a large rooster neck feather and attach to the top of the hook shank. I find that 15 - 20 hackle fibers to be about right. Wrap to about the 60 percent point on the hook and trim off the excess material.
2. Attach a piece of gold wire at this same point on the hook. Wrap the wire to the hook bend completely covering the wire. Palmer the wire back towards the eye of the hook and tie off.
3. Cut a small piece of white closed cell foam. Attach to the top of the hook shank as shown below. Trim and tie down any excess foam.
4. Apply a small amount of gray dubbing to your thread. Wrap over the foam wing forming a thorax leaving the foam exposed towards the bend of the hook. Whip finish.
5. The finished fly.