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Hook: Old mystery #12
Thread: Wine Uni 8/0
Hackle: Furnace hen (or Greenwell)
Body: Ruby 'C' rod-wrapping thread, front 1/3 peacock herl
Carl, as you probably know, the classics lend themselves well to manipulation, as they possess proven killing elements that contributed to making them classics. Some of these might be boiled down into simple spiders. The fun challenge to the soft-hackler is determining which elements are extraneous & which are killing. A couple years ago Rod Zavaduc, a Canadian guide/fly shop owner, gave me some samples of the Spotted Sedge emerger he ties for the upper Columbia, a gorgeous, highly detailed soft-hackle. Fishing it, it proved to be the best I'd tried for meeting that important hatch. However, the dressing was so detailed the thing was like tying a classic Atlantic salmon fly in miniature -- no great candidate for a guide fly. So I messed with it, & eventually was able to identify its working elements to come up with a version that works just as well as the original but is much easier & quicker to tie. I should post that one here.