by Tom Deschaine, Westland, MI

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The pattern I'm presenting today is the dry fly version of the famous wet fly. It's an attractor fly with obvious origins from somewhere in the Catskill Mountains. Admittedly, my attempts to locate some history of this fly have proved fruitless. The only info I could locate was from an obscure Catskill web site and a few general patterns listed in 'Perrault's'. But, since I'm fishing the Catskill's this summer I have a renewed interest in flies from that area of the country. I hope you find this attractive fly worthy of a small spot in your fly box.

Materials: Catskill

    Hook: Mustad #94844 or #94833 Sizes: 10-12

    Thread: Orange, 6/0

    Tail: Lemon Wood Duck

    Body: Orange Floss (or orange dubbing)

    Wing: Lemon Wood Duck, upright and divided

    Rib: Brown, tied palmered

    Hackle: Brown.

Method: Catskill

    1. Tie in a good thread base.

    2. Tie in the Lemon Wood fibers for the tail.

    3. Tie in both the Brown Hackle for the rib and the Orange Floss for the body at the same time. The reason will become obvious, shortly.

    4. Now, wrap the Orange Floss body and tie it off. If you desire to lacquer the body, this is probably the appropriate time to do so. Let it dry before proceeding.

    5. Tie in the Lemon Wood Duck wings, upright and divided.

    6. Wrap the Brown Hackle Rib (4 or 5 turns). Tie off the rib. By tying it in earlier, you are now able to wrap the rib without backing the thread down the body. It makes for a much cleaner looking tie.

    7. Tie in the Brown Hackle.

    8. Wrap the hackle in the normal manner. Tie off, whip finish the head and add your head cement.

See you on the water… ~ Tom Deschaine

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