Gil Nyerges' Legendary Gil's Monster

                                   Fly Pattern: Gil's Monster 

    Tier’s Name: Gil Nyerges  

    Date: 05/05/08     

    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. 

                                       Fly Material
    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

                                       Tying Steps
    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.