The Blowtorch

Cheech - December, 2019

This pattern by Devin Olsen really doesn't need much introduction, and it's widely known as a fish catcher. Now available though Umpqua Feather Merchants, the Blowtorch has a good mix of buggy features and a bright hotspot that help getting fish to eat it. The only tweak that we made on this fly is we swapped the collar from soft hackle to a squirrel/cdc blend, but either version will fish really well in a variety of situations. To get a good dubbing blend, take a clump of squirrel dub, a clump of cdc dub, and pulse them a few times in a coffee grinder (don't overdo it!) The Blowtorch can be tied in a wider range of sizes, but most commonly from size 12-16.

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Hook - 14
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Fl. Orange
  • Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3.5mm
  • Tail: Glo-Brite Floss - Fl. Fire Orange #5
  • Rib: Sulky Metallic Tinsel - Opalescent (8040)
  • Body: Hends Spectra Dubbing - Peacock Green
  • Collar: Natural Furs Dubbing - Gray Squirrel
  • Collar: TroutHunter CDC Dubbing - Black
  • Alternate Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

$6.50
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

$8.95
Glo-Brite Floss
Glo-Brite Floss

Glo-Brite Floss

$3.50
Sulky Metallic Tinsel
Sulky Metallic Tinsel

Sulky Metallic Tinsel

$4.75
Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook
Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

$12.95
Hends Spectra Dubbing
Hends Spectra Dubbing

Hends Spectra Dubbing

$2.99
Natural Furs Dubbing
Natural Furs Dubbing

Natural Furs Dubbing

$2.95
TroutHunter CDC Dubbing
TroutHunter CDC Dubbing

TroutHunter CDC Dubbing

$4.00