This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Sierra Bright Dot fly.
This is an attractor-style “fore and aft” fly pattern developed sometime in the 1950’s for the eastern slopes of the Southern Sierra mountains for Golden Trout.
I was asked to tie a few dozen Sierra Bright Dots for a customer in sizes ranging from 12 – 20 and decided to Google the fly pattern. I’ve used Fly Fishing the Sierra website for research of older flies featured on RiverKeeper Flies in the past. Turns out the fly is listed there, and I decided to feature it for you today.
The name Bright was in honor of Dorothy Bright whose husband owned a mine at Convict Lake or named Monte Diablo Lake back in the day. The lake’s name was changed after an 1871 episode where 6 escaped prisoners attacked the mining village the Brights owned. Interesting story, isn’t it?
I understand this is an effective fly pattern the the Sierra’s and other waters as well.