#100-2013 – Waterman’s Silver Outcast tied by Bob Petti

#100-2013 Waterman's Silver Outcast - Bob Petti
#100-2013 Waterman’s Silver Outcast – Bob Petti

Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: Charles Waterman
Source: Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Harry Murray, page 118-119

Hook: Mustad 3665A #6-#12
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White bucktail under yellow bucktail under dark blue bucktail
Topping: Peacock herl
Eye: White painted eye with black center
Head: Black

Notes: The Waterman’s Silver Outcast is a streamer designed for smallmouth bass fishing. It is an imitation that is meant to resemble the shiners that often populate the shallow waters where the bronze backs lurk. The fly closely resembles the shape and colour of the natural shiners and explodes into life once it hits the water. Bass are well aware that the minnows can be found hovering over shallow gravel bars and lurking around the edges of weed beds. Because these insubstantial waters don’t offer protection to the bass, they usually only dare to venture into these areas to feed. As the bass chase the minnows into this shallows, they erupt into the atmosphere in an attempt to escape the charging bass. Casting several feet in front of this shattered surface and quickly stopping the minnow into the shallow habit is an ideal scenario to get the attention of the bass and can often result in a frenzied take of the fly. Bob recalls one evening in particular on Owego Creek where it empties into the Susquehanna River where smallies were chasing minnows. This fly was on fire and causing an uproar on and under the water’s surface that night.

Bob PettiBob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
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2 Comments

  1. It’s a nicely tied pattern. My understanding was that the pattern was originated by Charles Waterman during a botched attempt to tie a Silver Doctor. He tied the fly in the Brooks “blonde style” as shown with all the materials above the shank with no beard or belly. In an article authored by Waterman quite long ago (like 20 years or more) in some fishing rag, he noted he chucked the streamer for brown trout in Montana. He used shooting heads as I recall. That is the first recollection I have of a reference to the pattern. My own experience is that it is indeed effective on trout and almost everything else.

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