This incredibly buoyant fly is a tremendous summer pattern for taking browns and rainbows.
It's a fairly straightforward pattern to tie, requiring few materials. Even a novice to fly-tying could master this pattern in a single attempt.
Well worth trying on both small chalkstreams and on wide rivers or lochs.
Hook: Size 10 longshank
Tail: Moose mane
Rib: Brown Flexi-Floss
Body: Pale yellow dubbing
Wing: Grey and yellow CdC
A thin strip of closed cell foam under the body helps achieve a nice taper and adds a small amount of buoyancy. Moose mane fibres at the tail help support the rear end of the fly
1. Fix the hook in the vice and run tying thread, in close turns, down to the bend. There, catch in three or fibres of moose mane.
2. Secure moose mane to shank with close thread turns, returning the thread to the bend. Catch in a thin, tapered strip of yellow foam.
3. Fix foam strip to hook using open, thread turns. If turns are too close they will crush the foam. Catch in a length of brown Flexi-Floss.
4. Dub on a pinch of pale yellow fur to form a thin rope. Wind the fur in close turns over the foam to form the body.
5. With the body in place, stretch the Flexi-Floss and apply a couple of close turns at the tail followed by open, evenly spaced turns.
6. Wind the Flexi-Floss until it has reached the end of the body then secure the loose end with thread and remove the excess.
7. Trim away the excess foam hanging over the eye then catch in the two large CdC feathers immediately in front of the body.
8. Take hold of the grey CdC feather and wind it up to the eye. Stroke the fibres back at each turn to prevent them becoming trapped.
9. Stroke the grey CdC fibres back upright then carefully wind the yellow CdC feather through it.
10. Apply plenty of turns of the yellow feather, as this is the base colour for the wing. Secure the base of the feather at the eye.
11. Using scissors, trim away the waste ends of both CdC feathers then build a small neat head.
12. Cast off thread with a whip finish then stroke the CdC so they sweep up and back over the body. Trim away fibres beneath the wing.