It's called Marks Goblin authored by Mark Hieronymus
I was skeptical to use it for trout but the fish locally are extremely aggressive as they have a lot of competition. They are not spooky by any means and the river is strong. I like the lack of rabbit strip although there is a collar. I think this pattern could go a lot of places. It's articulation in the water is superb and yielded fish for me.
Because there's no rabbit strip it's light and easy to cast
Would love to see someone here play with the design
I'm going to
Glad you like it. I'm the "Mark" in "Mark's Goblin", and that fly has caught steelhead from CA to AK, and big trout from MT to BC and AK.
The wing is BirdFur, and it is almost impossible to foul. I designed the fly to present a full and highly active profile without bulk - the evolution of the Goblin included a fox body at one point, but the "fluffiness" of the fox in the water hindered the motion and made the fly rather "sticky" when casting with light trout gear.
The Goblin is basically a pared down, front station intruder with all the extraneous stuff that doesn't catch fish removed. Pretty simple, really.
In my case, I have confidence in what I have already posted, and do not believe I need to add anything more to my fishing arsenal. Lately to improve some skills, I have added a new variant of mouse. In short, I am good with ....
* few spiders
* size 6 to 10 conehead muddler
* rabbit tubes
* marabou muddler