With its sombre garb the Cormorant makes an effective hybrid between a nymph and a mini lure. Although it has a black marabou wing it is usually fished in the same manner as a nymph, with a slow, steady retrieve.
In the original Cormorant the body is formed by using strands of peacock herl wound over the hook shank. However, peacock herl is a delicate material at the best of times and can now be substituted by using Microbrite dubbing thread.
This fine, chenille-like product is much tougher than the natural feather while still exhibiting the subtle glister that makes peacock herl so effective.
Other variations on the theme have made the new range of Cormorants even more versatile. While the basic colour remains black, additions such as jungle-cock cheeks and tails of metallic tinsel have made a big impact. In this version just a small amount of sparkle has been added to the wing by using two or three strands of red holographic tinsel.
When tying tinsel strands as part of a wing or tail it is a good idea to tie them in as a double length, folding them over to form two strands. Not only is it quicker to do, but the chances of the strand.
Hook Size 10-12 wet-fly Thread Black
Body Black Microbrite dubbing thread
Wing Black marabou and strands of red
1. Fix the hook in the vice and run on the tying thread at the eye. Carry it down the shank in close turns. Select two inches of black Microbrite dubbing.
2. Strip away the herl from a short section of the Microbrite to expose the core. Catch the Microbrite in by this core at the hook bend.
3. Wind the tying thread up to the eye. Take hold of the Microbrite and wind it up to the tying thread. Ensure that the turns are close together so no gaps form. Secure the loose end of the Microbrite with thread and remove the excess.
4. From a dyed-black marabou plume remove a small pinch of the fibres. Choose them from close to the base of the plume as the fibres here are the fluffiest and work better on a fly of this size.
5. Judge the wing for length then tear away the fluffy fibres from the base of the wing before catching it in. This procedure helps reduce excessive bulk at the eye.
6. Take two one-inch-long strands of holographic tinsel and catch them in halfway along on the nearside of the head.
7. Fold the strands so they all lie back along either side of the wing. This, in effect, makes four strands in total.
8. Finally, build a small head with tying thread and cast off with a whip finish before trimming the tinsel strands to the wing length.
WHERE, WHEN & HOW TO FISH
W H E R E
The Cormorant is a dark coloured mini-lure, particularly effective on reservoirs and medium-sized lakes. A great fly for rainbows and brown trout.
W H E N
This pattern will take fish throughout the season but is at its best in early summer when trout are feeding on large dark buzzer pupae.
H O W
The Cormorant will take fish at all depths and as such can be used effectively on any line from a floating to a fast-sinking one. Whether from boat or bank it is normally fished as part of a team on the point or middle dropper.
T Y I N G T I P
When adding strands of any pearl or holographic tinsel to a wing, use doubled rather than single strands. As the tinsel is caught halfway along, then folded, it is locked securely in place and can’t pull out.