The Borden Special, Part 1:

A Great Fly for Sea-run Cutthroat Trout

A Pacific Northwest Treasure

The Borden Special The Borden Special
(designed by Bob Borden)

The Borden Special is a fly developed by Bob Borden for sea-run cutthroat.

The sea-run cutthroat trout is a marvelous fly-rod fish well-known to anglers in the Pacific Northwest but little-known elsewhere.

That seems strange since the steelhead—another Pacific trout that runs to saltwater—is familiar to fly fishers in Colorado, Saskatchewan, Texas, Kansas, and most anywhere in North America, regardless of how far these places may be from the steelhead's domain.

Perhaps the sea-run cutthroat's reputation remains small because the fish itself is small when compared with the steelhead and all the Pacific salmons. Perhaps it is because the sea-run is so unpredictable that only a relatively small number of fly fishers seriously seek him.

In any case, what really matters here is that the sea-run cutthroat is worth seeking, and that it is often caught on Bob Borden's wet-fly.

A Traditional Wet-Fly Style in the Pink Sea-Runs Love

It's a fine fly for sea-runs(as they are often called). It follows the traditional wet-fly styling so well-established for sea-runs, and its body is pink—a color which I believe sea-runs love—with a bright tinsel rib to make it conspicuous.

When and Where to Fish this Fly

Fish it in rivers in the slow water sea-runs prefer, late summer to fall. Swim it steadily just under the surface, and if you are lucky enough to find them, the sea-runs will almost certainly take your fly.

To learn how to tie this popular fly, go to the link below to part 2 of this article, the B. Special, Tying Steps.

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