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Henryville Special
Henryville Special
By Skip Morris

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Henryville Special

"Here is an adult-caddis imitation that has remained popular and productive for many years. And why shouldn't it? It has a clean wing outline, plenty of buoyancy, and enough hackle to allow you to make it skate and skitter.

. . .The original pattern called for a red floss body, but olive eventually took red's place. Now it is sometimes tied with a dubbed body, and colors other than olive are sometimes substituted: tans, browns, yellows, whatever.

The Henryville Special was created by Hiram Brobst and was christened on the Henryville section of Pennsylvania's Broadhead Creek.


Hook:  Standard dry fly, sizes 20 to 12 (the hook shown is an Eagle Claw D59f).

Thread:  Brown 8/0 to 6/0.

Palmered Rib:  Grizzly Hackle (one size smaller than usual).

Body:  Olive floss or dubbing.

Underwing:  Wood duck or mallard dyed wood-duck color.

Wings:  Natural gray mallard quill.

Hackle:  Brown.

Tying Steps:

1. Start the thread, tie in a grizzly hackle, (one size smaller than usual) at the bend, add dubbing or tie in floss, and wrap a body up two-thirds of the shank. (If you used floss, bind its end and trim it.)

2. Palmer the hackle up the body in about six turns, secure the hackle's tip with thread turns, and trim the tip. Trim the hackle fibers from the top half of the body.

3. Using the pinch, tie in a bunch of fibers from a wood-duck or mallard-dyed-to-wood-duck-color feather atop the body. Trim the butts of the fibers and bind them with thread.

4. Tie in a matched set of quill wings, long edges down, cupped around the wood duck. You can tie both quill sections in at the same time using the wing pinch, but I prefer to tie the quills in down the sides of the body a bit, one at a time.

5. Snip the butts of the quills and bind them with thread. (Note the length of the wings; they can be slightly longer or shorter, but what you see is about right.) Tie in two brown hackles (or only one if you prefer).

6. Wind the first hackle, secure its tip under thread turns, and then wind the second hackle through the first (unless, of course, you are using only one hackle). Secure the second hackle's tip with thread, and then trim both tips. Create a thread head and complete the fly as usual." ~ Skip Morris

Henryville Special

How to fish the Henryville Special:

This classic fly is a winner since it can be skated or skittered making it behave more like the natural insect. Caddis do not like the water, and even when laying eggs will bounce on and off the water. As a dry fly this should be fished upstream, or quartering upstream with line mends as necessary. Obviously, line control is important for success.

Credits: From the Art of Tying the Dry Fly by Skip Morris, published by Frank Amato Publications, Inc. We greatly appreciate use permission.

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