the ATO Bishop
By Andy Kitson
Hook: Jig hook (Orvis 1P2A or Hends BL120) size 10 -12
Thread: UTC Fluo Red 140 denier
Bead: Tungsten Slotted Gold, 5/32”
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body: Green Diamond Braid or Micro Chenille
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire Gold size Medium
Wing: White Goose Biots, Flared
Hotspot: Hareline UV Red Ice Dub.
One of the first things I learned in art school is that art… is dead. Every good idea has been thought of and the challenge of an artist is to take what has already been done and adapt it into something that is fresh and unique. Through this process, art lives on. I believe the same can be said of fly tying. One of the things I like to experiment with is taking classic patterns and using new materials to spice it up a bit. After all, variety is the spice of life, and the spice of the artist, as my fundamentals instructor Robert Krajecki used to beat into our heads.
With that in mind, The ATO Bishop is a direct descendant of one of my favorite prospecting flies, The Prince. I was looking to create an anchor fly that would get the fish’s attention. Little did I know, the ATO Bishop was to become an assassin! The biots give the fly just enough action to entice a hit. Even at a size 10, the fly always seems to produce… and big fish!
Most people who I’ve shared the Bishop with have been skeptical of it’s effectiveness. I admit, it’s not the most beautiful or stylish fly in my box, but, if you give the Bishop a chance, I promise you will find a place for it in your box! I have even caught Steelhead on the fly. I fish the Bishop Czech style has an anchor fly with a Dutchie 18” above it, leading through deep runs and swinging it through riffles.