Tied by: Cory Koenig
Originated by: Nick Naranchi
Popularized by: Dan Bailey
Hook: Vision 1/0 2xl
Thread: 6/0 black
Tail: Golden badger hackle fibers
Body: Silver flat tinsel then peacock herl
Hackle: Golden badger hackle
Wing: 2 grizzly hackles flanked by golden badger hackles
Cheeks: Jungle cock nail
Notes: The Big Hole demon was first tied in 1964 by rancher Nick Naranchi, of Twin Bridges, Montana. The fly was a proven success and quickly found a home in Dan Bailey’s fly shop in Livingston, Montana. The fly was designed to fish Montana’s Big Hole River but may sometimes be referred to as the Black Hole Demon. Cory has modified the original pattern by adding a set of grizzly and badger wings to the ensemble. The modification serves the pattern well and lends a convincing facade of a prey item to the fly when it is pulled through the water. Cory uses the fly on the west coast to chase steelhead and salmon.
I was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and raised there until the age of 5, absorbing the most awesome art of fly tying from my father and grandfather. I soon found that my passion was tying flies that fooled any fish… in any waters. Using creations to imitate a certian fly, bug or invertibrae to distract Mission Creek bound sockeye and trout species in every S.E.K.I.D. pond above the massive Okanagan Lake, brought me pleasure and calmed me in a way that nothing does to this day.
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