Fly Patterns

Mackerel Madness: Chartreuse


Recreate these flies at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Orvis SI9034 Hook (#2)
  • UTC Thread 210, Chartreuse
  • spooled lead, round, 0.025″
  • flat stick-on eyes, Black/ White (coat with finishing glue)
  • Krystal Flash, Pearl
  • Fuzzy Fiber, Chartreuse
  • Fuzzy Fiber, White
  • poly tubing, 1/4″, Clear
  • Sharpie, Red
  • Zap-A-Gap CA

Design Inspiration & Detail

John Roetman is a well known fly-tying and fly-fishing authority in South Florida, now spending a majority of his time fishing the Treasure Coast. John will frequent various fly-fishing expos throughout the year, demonstrating his tying talent and offering a look at his latest designs/ creations.

Other color combinations John recommends include Yellow/ White, Olive/ White, and White/ White. When the Mackerel are running, this is his go-to pattern. Traditional patterns (such as Clousers) are quickly chewed up by the Mackerel’s teeth – you may only catch a couple fish on one fly before it is shredded beyond repair. By covering the hook shank with the poly tubing, the fly will catch at least six fish before it’s out of commission. John sells all color variations of this pattern for $2.50. For further info on John and a look at more of his fly patterns, see Flies by John Roetman.

Target Species

This particular fly was designed to attract Mackerel – Snook, Jacks, and many other species will also take the fly.

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