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Put this one together a while back; simple to tie, catches fish. This one's for the Hydropsyche hatch; adjust colors and sizes to meet your needs
hook - Mustad 3906B #16
thread - Uni 8/0 camel
butt - antron dubbing green
body - zelon dubbing tan
underwing - hen hackle fibers
overwing - Congo Hair beige
hackle - hen
mash barb and attach thread 1 hook eye width back; wrap back to point above hook barb
apply some dubbing to thread
dub a small ball for butt/egg sac
apply some more dubbing for body, keep it loose; original fly used touch dub for the body (use whichever you prefer; split thread is an option, too)
wrap body to initial tie in point
pull off some fibers from hen hackle for underwing; let tips extend a bit beyond hook bend and tie in
trim butts and tie in a few strands of Congo Hair (or whatever sparkle yarn you prefer); fold back, tie down and trim even with underwing
prep a hen hackle feather (I like the tips to extend back to the hook bend); tie in by tip (trim tip after hackle is wound)
wrap hackle, tie off, whip finish, SHHAN and go look for some egg layers
Very nice take on a proven pattern, Scott. BTW, that's some awesome hen hackle you have there -- looks like a combo of red grouse and golden plover. Is it Brahma and where did you find it?
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Thanks. The hackle is an Indian hen back I bought years ago; most of the feathers are much bigger but there are a few on it that will tie down this small.
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This looks like a pattern that could easily load a box. I still need to get a copy of lafontain's caddis book. It's a nice versatile combination. Nicely presented, Scott. Thanks.
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Nice fly, but as I recall Gary stressed using all clear reflective Antron fibers for the overwing not the colored Antron body yarn to represent the bright gas bubble of the diving adult. I think crinkled Zelon would be a modern substitute.
He also tied it with dry fly hackle, which I should have noted. The antron (or zelon, as you mentioned) would work great; didn't have any (this was tied on the road), and I've had pretty good luck with Congo Hair underwings/shucks so that's what I went with.Roadkill wrote:as I recall Gary stressed using all clear reflective Antron fibers for the overwing not the colored Antron body yarn to represent the bright gas bubble of the diving adult. I think crinkled Zelon would be a modern substitute.