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The Destroyer Fly, a “searcher” nymph fly

By Skip Clement – tied by Matt O’Neal, Savage Flies

This fly might tie beautifully as a tube fly, and we think it will present better in that format; the jury is out.

BTW: I plan to get a camera set up to show my tube versions of some of the flies turn out well as fish-catchers in my home waters in North Georgia or South Florida if they “interview” well enough for more testy battlefronts, saltwater.

This Matt O’Neal Destroyer fly looks like a winner to me and some tying friends. Look for a coming report on this fly. My friend and fishing partner, Angie Roth, has hook ties and tube tie versions in #8 and 1/0. She’ll be heading north to the family property, Eberle Farmstead on the Georgia/North Carolina border this weekend. We should get a report next week?

Matt O’Neal of Savage Flies. One of the most well versed in fly tying history and great tying mentor to all. Make sure to like and sign up . . .

The Destroyer Fly Recipe:

  • Hook: #10-16 nymph
  • Thread: Black
  • Tail: Wild boar (or substitute)
  • Rib: Gold wire
  • Body: Orange yarn
  • Wingcase: Peacock herl
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed yellow


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