Fly of the Month: April 2023

Red Setter

With winter fishing fast approaching and with downstream lure fishing showing a resurgence, especially in the Turangi/Taupo area, the Red Setter is a “must have” fly.

This is another easy to tie essential pattern. Created in the 1940’s by Geoff Sanderson of Turangi, this pattern is still a great fish catcher.

Popular with Rainbows and Browns, this fly can be fished in rivers and at the river mouths. Even sea-run browns in the Hutt River during late summer will take it when fished with a floating line.

Red Setter
HookTMC 3796 size #2 – #10
ThreadBlack Danville Monocord 3/0
TailRed fox squirrel or black squirrel
BodyHot orange chenille
HackleNatural Brown or Ginger