|Fly Tying Terms|
This tremendous pattern was originated by Preston 'Bobby' Jennings, a legendary Catskill tier. Preston was a highly regarded angler, fly tier and the author of the, Book of Trout Flies (1935). The pattern was primarily an eastern pattern (Stenoema fuscum), but works well with western mayflies as well.
Step #1 Tie in a good base of pale yellow thread. I prefer Danville's prewaxed
Step #2 Tie in the Ginger Hackle Fibers,
for the tail, then run your thread forward
Step #3 Tie in the wing material and trim off the excess material.
Step #4 Pull back your wing material and tie
it in, upright and divided, using the
standard figure eight technique. Run
your thread back to the shank of the
Step #5 Prepare your dubbing by adding
dubbing wax to the thread. Then
add your Red Fox dubbing.
Step #6 Advance your dubbing forward.
Tie it off at the throat.
Step #7 Tie in your hackle fibers, one each
Ginger and Grizzly.
Step #8 Wrap in the hackles in the normal
manner. Using hackle guards or a
soda straw, push the hackle out of
the way, and tie off the head.
Step #9 Whip finish or hand tie your head.
Using your bodkin, tie off the fly with
a half hitch or two.
Step #10 Trim the fly, add head cement.
Mr. Jennings was one of the first tiers who approached fly tying from an academic viewpoint. The Gray (Grey) Fox is also tied with a thread variation of either tan or primrose. There are many fishermen who claim this as a 'must' for their fly box.
See you on the water…..
Tom Deschaine, Westland, MI
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