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The McGinty
The McGinty
By George E. Emanuel, N.J. USA

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The McGinty

In the annals of Fly-Fishing there are many, many patterns, which have fallen into the abyss of obscurity. It is sad so many of us are trying to fool our favorite quarry with our own concoctions, and relegating to the ages so many beautiful and effective flies of years gone by.

The McGinty is a wonderful example, and when Jim Birkholm, Editor of FAOL asked me to do this fly as he had many requests for it, well frankly delighted does not quite encompass my feelings.

Charles McGinty conceived the McGinty in 1883. McGinty was from Chicago and came up with this as a bass fly originally. Do not be deceived however, trout of every description absolutely love these.

They have the appearance of a wasp or perhaps a bumblebee, which having fallen into the river is now part of the forage, which help fish grow into the monsters of our dreams.

Bounced off of a rock or bank, thrown into a stream side bush and being allowed to plop onto the water, is the sound of the 'dinner bell' for many a carnivorous fish. Dead drift this fly in the current and you may be amazed at what you can put on the end of your fly line.


    Hooks:  3906B sz 6 to 12.

    Thread:  Black 8/0 thread (heavier if you do not have 8/0).

    Tail:  Red Hackle Barbules.

    Body:  Alternating Yellow and Black Chenille.

    Beard:  Brown Hackle Barbules.

    Wing:  White Tipped Mallard Quill.

Tying Instructions:

1. OK, pinch your barb if you want, sharpen your hook and put it into your vice. Tie in and wrap to the rear with your thread, open wraps are fine here.

2. Tie in a bunch of Red Hackle Barbules about the length of the hook shank.

3. Prepare your chenille by stripping the fluff back about " or so and tie in firmly at the rear of the hook shank. Black chenille first, then yellow.

4. Bring the yellow chenille forward out of the way. We are going to wrap the black chenille over the yellow on this first wrap.

5. Wrap the black chenille once around the hook shank and take two turns of tying thread to secure it in place. (This may be a bit tricky at first, but hang in there, with practice it is really quite easy.)

6. Now bring the black chenille forward out of the way. Take a wrap of yellow chenille over the black, and secure with two turns of thread.

7. Bring the yellow forward; wrap the black as above one last time. Bring the black chenille forward and tie it off. Wrap one final yellow band and tie off the yellow chenille.

8. Next take a few Brown Hackle Barbules and tie them in for a throat as shown. (A rotary vice is great here as you can do this with the fly inverted).

9. Take one slip from the right and left wing of a Mallard Drake with a white tip as shown and marry them together convex to convex side.

10. Tie in the Mallard slips as long as the bend and tie a neat head.

11. Whip finish and cement the head.


I hope you will give this great fly a shot as the bees and wasps start hitting the water this summer. Many a dog day can be salvaged if we will just listen to the voices of our heritage. ~ George E. Emanuel, (Chat Room Host Muddler).

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