Text and Photos by Stephen Chatterton
|Hook||#10 - #20 dry fly|
|Thread||Strong grey thread|
|Body||Deer hair, spun and clipped|
|Tail||Grizzly and brown hackle fibres|
|Wings||Grizzly or brown hackle tips or grey duck feather slips|
|Hackle||1 grizzly and 1 brown cock hackle|
favourite fly because fish accept it as a variety of drift items. Tie
with deer hair for the tail in larger sizes or for flies for use in
fast running water and tie with sparse hackle for calm water. In sizes
12-16 this is an excellent fly when snow flake caddis are around
because the body and the wings are each wedge (or sedge)
Because the body of this fly is spun deer hear it is better to leave
the majority of the hook shank bare. Start the fly by creating a bed of
only 4 or five turn of thread at the bend of the hook and tie in a tail
equal to about ¾ of the length of the hook shank. If you are worried
about the tail pulling out put a small drop of glue over the tie.
b) Now spin deer hair along 2/3 along the length of the bare hook shank toward the eye of the hook.
c) When you have finished spinning on the deer hair body, wind the thread in touching turns to the eye of the hook and tie it off with a couple of half hitches.
2a) Cut the thread, remove the fly from the vice
and with a sharp pair of scissors or blade, trim the body to shape
being careful to leave the tail intact.
3. Wind the hackle equally behind and in front of the wings and tie off. Build up the head, whip finish & varnish.