Hook: Mustad #9671 or #9672 Size #8-10
Thread: Black or olive.
Tail: Brown hackle fibers
Body: Peacock herl.
Hackle: Brown hen or saddle
Rib: Fine oval gold tinsel, or gold wire counter wrapped to reinforce palmered body.
Wing: Grey squirrel tail.
Head: Peacock herl.
This is a very old fashioned and classic fly. I don’t really know what it imitates but I’ve caught trout, small mouths, and sun fish with it. I’ve nymphed it in rivers and fished it as a streamer in larger sizes. I’ve twitched it through ponds and hooked a lot of sun fish. I began tying it many years ago because the tying supplies I had were limited. Fortunately I had all the materials to tie this one. This is also a great wet fly imitation for Alders on the Hous.
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