This is a pattern by my friend Ray Bondorew (author of “Stripers and Streamers”). When Ray recommends a fly, I listen! Inspired by Bill Chiba’s “Cardinelle” pattern, Ray reports that the Cardellow has been an effective fly for brookies, rainbows and smallmouth bass. Ray says “…keep the pink topping a tad shorter than the yellow so when viewed from above the pink appears to have a yellow tip.” The body is gold tinsel, or, as I have used here, gold Bodi-Braid. This is a simple fly that looks great. I look forward to fishing it in ’14. If you want to hear more from Ray, you can visit his blog at


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