Fly Pattern: Gil's Monster
Tier’s Name: Gil Nyerges
Fly Originator and History: Gil Nyerges originated Gils Monster in the early
1950's to resemble the dragon fly nymph. It has evolved slightly over the years,
and there are many variations including a salt-water version and a red-assed version.
However, one thing remains unchanged: The Gils Monster catches fish.
Note: The photo above is of the fly that Gil tied at the May 2008 meeting.
How the Fly is Fished
Suggested line and leader: An intermediate line with a 9' leader and
a 3'- 4' of a fluorocarbon tippet.
Depth range: 9'-12'just off the bottom.
Suggested retrieve: Start with a slow and short retrieve with a long
pause. If that does not work, then increase the speed and sequence of the retrieve
until you find the right combination that will catch fish for that particular day.
Comments: The Gils Monster is one of the recommended fly patterns for the high
lakes of the Olympic National Park according to Cliff Schleusner and Bill Kindler.
The Gils Monster has also fished well in Wentworth and Lone Lake.
Hook make /size / length: Mustad 9612 or equivalent, size 8, 3XL streamer
Thread: size / color / type: 8/0 black
Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: No
Tail material / size / color: Brown pheasant rump
Body material / color: Medium chenille, black
Ribbing size / color: None
Thorax size / color: None
Wing size / color: None
Hackle size / color: Long brown pheasant rump feather
Head size / color: Small, black
Other: Try different hook sizes, and body colors
1. Lay down a thread base.
2. Form a tail of 8-10 pheasant rump feathers at the bend of the hook. The tail
should be about a hook’s gap in length.
3. Attach the black chenille a the bend. Wrap forward, side-by-side to within
3/16” of the eye.
4. Select a hackle feather. The barbs should extend at least as long as
the end of the tail. Attach the hackle and give it 2 or 3 wraps and tie it off.
5. Wrap a small sized head, whip finish and glue.