Egan's Red Dart

Curtis - June, 2017

The Red Dart is a design combining the best parts of a couple of old favorite fly patterns and applying current materials. The result is a fishy attractor. I came up with the fly at the 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships held in Bolzano, Italy. Fish were being caught on red tags (old school style with yarn tail and peacock body), and prince nymphs. I was having the best success on prince nymphs tied with red thread (hotspot collar) and with peacock ice dubbing instead of natural peacock for the body. My thought was that if I combined the two flies I might find something the fish really liked. So, the red tail from the red tag replaced the biot tail from the prince. I used brightly dyed hackle fibers for the tail instead of wool yarn found in the old school red tag. Peacock ice dub has replaced natural peacock for my prince nymphs so I used the flashy synthetic. I removed the white biots normally found on the back of a prince nymph but kept the prince's brown soft hackle. One more addition and the fly was finished. The hotspot. Hotspots are very common in competition flies and will likely start to take over your nymph box if you start down the hotspot road... Anyway, the last piece of material is the sparse UV pink hotspot added right behind the bead. I have no idea why fish eat this fly. Though it certainly isn't imitative, it is effective, flashy and fishtastic. The Browns, Rainbows, Marble trout and Grayling in Italy liked it, as do fish everywhere I've tried the Red Dart.

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14
  • Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Bead (option #2): Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3.0mm (1/8")
  • Bead (option #3): Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 2.8mm
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Thread Option: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Red
  • Tail: Metz Soft Hackle Feathers - Red
  • Tail (option #2): UV2 Coq de Leon Perdigon Fire Tail Feathers - Fl. Flame
  • Abdomen: Ice Dub - Peacock
  • Ribbing: Sulky Metallic Tinsel - Opalescent (8040)
  • Hackle Collar: Whiting Red Label Hen Cape - Coachman Brown
  • Hackle (option #2): Whiting Red Label Hen Cape - Brown
  • Hackle (option #3): Whiting Hebert Miner Hen Cape - Brown
  • Thorax/Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Pink
  • Weight (optional): Lead Wire Spool - .015
  • Tools Used: Dubbing Wax, Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Loon Low Tack Swax,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$7.99
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
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub

Arizona Diamond Dub

$2.95
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.50
Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

$6.99
Lead Wire Spool
Lead Wire Spool

Lead Wire Spool

$3.99
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

$7.25
Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads

Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads

$8.25
Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads
Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads
Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads

Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads

$7.00