The Pot Belly Pig
- Tying thread: 70 denier orange UTL
- Tube: Brass bottle tube (Veniards or Loop Suppliers)
- Tail: 4-6 boar bristles dyed orange (Cookshill), orange bucktail and pearl krystal flash
- Rear Hackle: Orange cock hackle dyed orange
- Body: Orange Antron
- Palmered hackle: Black cock
- Rib: Medium oval gold tinsel
- Cheeks: Jungle cock
- Put a length of silicon tubing on the back of the brass bottle tube before putting in the tube vice.
- Tie in thread at the back of the tube and then tie in the boar bristles so that they all curve upwards, then a small clump of bucktail on top and then 4 strands of pearl krystal flash. Trim off waste.
- Take a cock hackle and double the hackle fibres before catching it in. Make three or turns to form a collar, brushing the fibres backwards after each turn. Tie in and cut off waste.
- Tie in 3ins of the oval tinsel, in front of the hackle, followed by 5ins of the Antron yarn.
- Take the thread up to the front of the bottle tube and wind in the Antron with touching turns. Tie off the Antron.
- Take a black cock hackle and tie it in at the front of the tube, leaving space to form a head.
- Palmer the hackle back down the tube and then run the oval tinsel through it to form a rib.
- Tie off and trim off waste.
- Place the jungle cock eyes on the front of the bottle tube so that they form a “V” and catch them in. Secure the jungle cock by folding the stems back and putting a few turns over the top.
- Cut off waste and form a head, followed by w whip finish and a coat of varnish.
This fly can be used all the year round but in the summer a plastic tube rather than a brass tube would probably be better. It was first shown in the Trout & Salmon in 2001 by Peter Whittingham. The boar bristles give the impression of “feelers” and cause the fly to “kick” during retrieval, thus imitating a shrimp.