Ah…the Two Bit Hooker. This is one of my favorite patterns ever and I can honestly say it’s one found on the end of my tippet most days. I just don’t fish without it. I love to fish it, and it was designed to be fished, on a dropper under a dry fly, but I also use it in a two fly rig when I have to get dirty.
My favorite versions are a size 14 red tied with 3/32″ tungsten beads and a black size 18 tied with 1/16″ tung beads. The dark olive is a huge seller as is the brown version and the new color additions of both pink and purple have been deadly. The short answer is; you can’t really go wrong with a Two Bit.
I developed this fly to be slim, slick and heavy and you can read more about the design thoughts and process in my Charlie’s Fly Box book if you’re into that sort of thing (and I appreciate the support).