October Fly of the month - Pearly Cruncher

The October fly of the month from PRO-Team member Paul Procter is a Pearly Cruncher. 

Pearly Cruncher:

Hook: Partridge SLD2 standard dry size 10-14

Thread: Claret 14/0 Sheer

Rib: Veniards silver holographic tinsel

Tail: Silver badger cock

Body: Natural pheasant tail fibres

Thorax: Orvis pearly ice dub  

Hackle: Silver badger hen


Sensing tough times lay ahead, backend trout will be keen to pack on weight, or at very least maintain their summer puppy fat to tide them winter.  Now, fish are more opportunistic in their feeding than ever before.  Naturally, buzzers, corixa, shrimps and the likes will feature in a trout’s diet, but various baitfish are bound to crop up too.

Of course, we could go all out and use an articulated fry imitation of some 6 inches long, which appear common on our larger reservoirs.  However, on intimate stillwaters such creations can sometimes be a tad daunting for trout.  Instead, they’re more likely to respond to a smaller, more unassuming fly, which echoes that of an infant fish. 

Lethal when buzzers or lake and pond olives occur in its various guises the Cruncher can be second to none.  Obviously, such a suggestive nymphs has worth where various invertebrates or bugs dwell too though deviate from the original dressing by including more flashy materials and suddenly you have a fly that can easily pass as a pinfry imitation too.

Silver badger hackle fibres posses a degree of translucency, making them ideal for both the tail and more so the hackle, which cloaks the front portion of this fly.  A narrow strip of holographic tinsel adds required flash that’s made all the more obvious by including a dubbed thorax of pearly ice-dub. 

It’s be to include this Cruncher as part of a team and where trout herding fry are encountered, or any fish seen bowing waving in the margins then simply flick the fly over and impart a slightly faster retrieve than normal.  I find foot long pulls, with plenty of pauses works pretty well.  Though as ever, try to keep an open mind here and vary your retrieve if no takes are forthcoming.