A few people have been on my case about a step-by-step (SBS) article on the Falloon. I am now convinced that it is a great fly and certainly worth the time to tie if you are a species-crazy angler. I received positive reports from Gerald Penkler (who caught a nice big UK brown on the concept), Peter Coetzee (who swore that the Falloon was the only ‘thing’ the Berg River carp wanted on a recent trip) and Guy Ferguson (who mentioned that Danie van Zyl of www.kalahaririverandsafari.co.za said you can’t visit his spot on the Orange River without the Falloon).
Gerald Penkler with a lovely brown trout that he caught on the Falloon concept in the UK.
Catfish likely pick up the vibration of the Falloon’s lively tail making it a deadly pattern for them in my opinion.
More recently, I’ve also managed to catch rainbow trout on the fly. The fish took it with such confidence and aggression that I believe it should be a part of every serious trout angler’s fly box. Here is the SBS pictorial demonstration of the Falloon:
1 – Select a ‘smallish’, sturdy curved hook, such as the Dohiku wet fly hook.
2 – Use a selection of tungsten beads (<3.5 mm) to add weight to the fly.
3 – Grab a balloon from a packet with multi-coloured ones (white, black and yellow are my favourites – in that order).
4 – Cut a half-moon shape with a stem from the fold of the balloon.
5 – Open the cut piece so that it looks like a lolly-pop.
6 – Cut out an inner circle with a fine pair of scissors to shape the tail.
7 – Prepare a hand-full of tails while you’re at it.
8 – The mouthpiece of the balloon will be used for the body of the fly.
9 – Tear off the mouthpiece so that it’s flush like an O-ring.
10 – Prepare the hook in the vice and wrap Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0 to the ‘bend’ of the hook.
11 – Tie the stem of the tail in so that the tip of the tail faces away from the hook tip.
12 – Tie in the cut and tapered rubber rib that was the mouthpiece of the balloon.
13 – Wrap the rib forward to form the segmented body and tie it off just behind the bead.
14 – After cutting off the excess rubber rib, tie in a few strands of peacock herl.
15 – Twist the peacock herl into a noodle and wrap it to form the collar of the fly.
16 – After a half-hitch and a bit of varnish to secure the thread, the fly is ready to use.
17 – The shape of the tail should look like this in the water – it moves nicely with the resistance of water.
Black Falloons work really well for trout.
I believe that a black Falloon may be mistaken for a tadpole by predatory fish. This rainbow ate the fly like its life depended on it…