Hex patterns are very popular here in Michigan because of our infamous ‘Michigan Caddis Hatch’ (hexagenia limbata). There are about two dozen or so patterns that stand out about the rest in popularity. I bring you one of those patterns today.
- Hook: Mustad #37187 Size: 2-6
- Thread: Yellow, 6/0
- Tail: Two Stripped Ginger Hackle Quills
- Wing: Polar Bear
- Body: Light Brown & Yellow Poly Dubbing, mixed
- Hackle: Ginger
I choose to substitute a Mustad #94840
or #94833 for most any dry fly I tie.
What ever your choice, tie in a good
bed of yellow thread.
Tie in your quill tail. Tie them in at a
45 degree angle.
Run your thread forward to the throat
position and tie in you polar bear wings.
They should be tied spent and sparse.
White calf tail may be substituted.
Run your thread to the rear of the hook.
Apply dubbing wax and your poly
dubbing to the thread. Wrap the body
forward to the throat. Fur may be
substituted for poly.
Tie in the hackle and secure it with thread.
Wrap the head and apply head cement.
Jay Neve, a commercial tyer of Bellevue, Michigan is the creator of this pattern. When fished during the hex spinner fall be sure you trim the hackle both top and bottom. Also be sure this fly is presented directly in the feeding lane.
For additional information on Michigan dry flies go to: www.michigandryflies.net
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