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Just a dry fly
Post 02 Oct 2021, 09:25 • #1 
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............tied on a #18 short shank hook

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Re: Just a dry fly
Post 02 Oct 2021, 18:44 • #2 
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Neat fly. How effective has it been? What conditions do you use it?


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Re: Just a dry fly
Post 03 Oct 2021, 07:20 • #3 
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I continue to refine technique but I have been making these for well over a decade now. It's a mayfly imitation for the middle of a perhaps Pale Morning Dun hatch.

The body is made on a horizontal thin #10 beading needle. The tip of a single duck flank feather gets wrapped down onto a beading needle that has been slightly wetted with (Aleene's Flexible Stretchable) fabric cement. Putl some Senyo Laser Dub either side of the front of the body to make a wing. Tie it off. Slide that off the needle and mount it loosely on a hook that has a not yet wound hackle feather on it. Wind hackle between shank and body. Whip finish on the bend of the hook. Put CA glue or more fabric cement at the center of the parachute.

It sounds complicated but it actually goes quickly. I started fly tying at age 12. I'm 73 now. I still cannot tie a good looking Catskill dry fly. But I can tie these. Surprisingly quickly.

Cast well. Land upright. Land gently. Float upright. I don't claim they catch more fish. They're fun to make and they work just as well as any other mayfly dry fly.....................which could be re-phrased as "No other fly works better."

The hackles on this one are a bit too long. My dun colored dry fly neck is picked clean. I need a cheaper way to make hackles. Zelon I guess.


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