IʼVE enjoyed great success with this fly either as a palmered top dropper or in larger sizes as a dapping pattern. The fly can also be fished singularly in a big wave as a dry. Although a cree hackle is mentioned, a grizzle works just as well.
Hook: Size 6-12
Thread: Yellow 8/0
Rib: Fine copper wire
Butt: Glo-Brite No 12 fluorescent green floss
Legs: Cock pheasant tail fibres knotted once
Body: Olive/brown dubbing
Hackle: Cree and red game cock palmered
Head: Deer hair butts (optional)
Fix the hook in the vice as shown and run on a length of fluorescent green Glo-Brite floss. Wind it around the bend, in two layers, to form a tag.
Cast off the floss with a whip finish then run on the tying thread at the eye. Catch in a length of copper wire securing the waste end along the shank.
Carry the thread down the shank in close turns. Apply a single knot to each of eight strands of cock pheasant tail and apply them in front of the tag.
Apply a pinch of olive/brown dubbing to the thread and dub it on to form a thin rope. Wind the dubbing in close turns along the shank to form the body.
Prepare a natural brown cock hackle and a mottled cree hackle and catch them in at the eye. Wind them together in close turns down to the tag.
Wind the copper wire up through the hackles and secure it at the eye. Cast off the thread with a whip finish and remove the excess hackle tips.