Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Hot Pink Cougar.
Dai Riki 060 #16 – 18
2 mm glass or metal bead or black
Uni-thread, 8/0, black
12 to 20 strands tan Fluorofiber and two strands peacock Krystal Flash
Hot pink Uni-wire
Ice Dub UV black
UV Angel Hair
Fluorescent thread, pink (Danville’s 100 or other brand)
- Pinch the barb and place a small black glass bead on the hook. (Or substitute a 2 mm black metal bead.) Start the thread.
- Tie in a tail of 12 to 20 strands of tan Fluorofiber and two strands of peacock Krystal flash. The tail should equal the body length.
- Tie in rib.
- Dub the body to bead.
- Bring ribbing material forward using 4 – 5 wraps.
- Tie in a wing of UV Angel Hair and trim wing so it is even with body.
- Whip finish with the black thread.
- Tie in pink fluorescent thread and create collar.
- Whip finish.
“As the popularity of the Lights Out (LO) fly pattern spreads, I get more and more requests for the pattern. (See the October 2011 COF Newsletter.) My fishing partners and I have used this fly all spring and summer this year on the Crooked River, and we have caught hundreds of redbands and mountain whitefish. I have been using various versions of the LO this summer with great success. The original LO recipe has evolved with changes in material and color for the tail, body and collar. Try substituting chartreuse Uni-wire for the rib and fluorescent chartreuse thread for the collar. Other patterns that have worked great on the Crooked this summer are the Frenchie (basically a pheasant tail nymph with a fluorescent shell pink Ice Dub thorax) and the Prince nymph. I have included a photo of a fly that I call the Hot Pink Cougar (Cougar). This pattern combines the components of the LO, the Frenchie and the Prince. The fly is basically a LO with hot pink wire, fluorescent pink collar and a wing of UV Angel Hair. Tie all patterns on a size 16 nymph hook, 1X heavy, 1X long. All versions use hot spot collars, UV dubbing and wings. Rainbows and whitefish love hot spots and UV material. Tie a few of these versions and give them a try.” – Bill Seitz