H and L Variant
Hook: Standard dry fly, sizes 16 to 10 (the hook shown is a Dai-Riki 305).
1. To best secure the wings and tail, begin with
3/0 thread. Comb, stack, measure, and then use the pinch
to tie in the wing hair. Trim the hair's butts at an angle
and bind them with thread.
2. Comb, stack, measure, and use the pinch to tie in the tail
hair. Snip the butts at an angle and bind them with thread.
If you started with 3/0 thread, you can switch now to 8/0
or 6/0. Strip a peacock quill, tie it in, and wrap it up
one-quarter of the shank. Secure the quill with thread; trim
3. Tie in a peacock quill (unstripped) near its tip, spin the quill and thread together to reinforce the quill, and wrap this thread-quill rope up one-quarter of the shank. Secure the end of the quill under thread turns and trim the quill.
4. Set the wings upright, securing with thread. Tie in three
hackles (two is acceptable, but I prefer three, especially for
hook sizes 12 and larger). One by one, wind each hackle, secure
its tip with thread turns, and trim its tip.
5. Build and whip finish a thread head. With the sharp point of a round toothpick (or similar object) add head cement to the quill body and the thread head. ~ Skip Morris
Fishing the H & L VariantThe H & L was designed as a rough water fly, one that would not sink, and still be visible on fast water. It is fished as a dry fly, upstream or quartering upstream, mending line to obtain the longest possible float. DLB
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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