The Chubby Cousin, an attractor nymph, was originally tied by Hogan Brown for the Yuba River in California. This pattern, typically swung or fished like a traditional wet fly, has a great deal of movement and action in the water. It is a favorite of many an angler for trout, steelhead, salmon and more. Though most people swing the Chubby Cousin, you can also nymph or dead drift it.
When I fished the Firehole in West Yellowstone in May, this was the only fly I needed.
HOOK: TMC 5262 or any other nymph hooks # 16 - # 14
THREAD: 6/0 red
DUBBING: Ice Dub Peacock
HACKLE: mallard flank or partridge feather
:LEGS: Tarantu-Leggs Tan
UV RESIN: Deer Creek Diamond Fine
Step 1: Add the bead to the hook.
Step 2: Wrap thread across the hook toward the back.
Step 3: Tie in the gold wire
Step 4: Dub the body with the Ice Dub Peacock dubbing – you may be generous here.
Step 5: Next, rib the body with the gold wire.
Step 6: Tie in 2 strands (in the middle so you have 4 legs) of the Tarantu-Leggs.
Step 7: Tie in the feather at the tip end.
Step 8: Wrap the feather hackle, then tie in.
Step 9: Make several wraps of the thread behind the bead; whip finish.
Step 10: Secure it with a think coat of UV Resin. If you do not have resin, you may replace with head cement.
Step 11: Cure it.
The completed Chubby Cousin.