|| DESIGNED BY: Ralph Cutter
THREAD: Black monocord
TAIL: Marabou black
RIB: Copper wire
ABDOMEN: Black chenille
WING: Bright orange rabbit
LEGS: Black saddle hackle
This fly was designed to be a more durable version of the black and orange "marabous" that have historically taken trophy browns from the turbid waters of the East Walker River near Bridgeport. The goblin incorporates the best of the woolly bugger, the bunny fly, and the marabous. It is not a good fly when used in clear water under bright skies; however, I've yet to find anything more effective during spring runoff or other conditions when the water is murky. The bright and dark contrast seems to perk up otherwise uninterested trout; don't ask why it just does. It is deadly when the streams murk up a bit after a summer thundershower. Read Streamer Strategies to learn more about using this fly.
Step 1. Tie in a chunk of marabou at bend so that it trails
shank-length behind the hook. Tie in wire, hackle tip first,
and the chenille on top of marabout ie in point.