My “One Only” Fly

My “One Only” Fly . . .

Three variations of my "one only" fly pattern: Deer Hair and White Thread; Deer Hair and Orange Floss; Deer Hair and Gray Wool. (photo taken 02 28 2013)

Three variations of my “one only” fly pattern: Deer Hair and White Thread; Deer Hair and Orange Floss; Deer Hair and Gray Wool. (photo taken 02 28 2013)

The pattern that has best served me well and best represents my tying philosophy is a simple hybrid of a soft hackle and micro streamer. I use a wet fly nymph hook in sizes 10 through 14, thread and floss or knitting wool for the body, and a sparse hackle of natural deer hair. These combinations carry the same silhouette: one short in the body and long in the wing. Very effective when twitched in still water, or hung in a stream’s current, I would choose this style as my “one only” tenkara fly if pressed to do so. The pattern has worked consistently in pond environments for panfish and has always helped me hook chubs, fallfish, and trout along coldwater freestone streams.

The General Recipe:

Hook: standard wet fly nymph, size 10-14
Thread: 6/0 thread
Body: 6/0 thread; floss; or baby ull knitting wool
Hackle: natural deer hair; or Hungarian partridge

– rPs 02 28 2013

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1 Comment »

  1. I missed seeing in the recipe the soft hackle to which you refer. I like the idea of the simplicity, the basic-is-enough philosophy. But immediately I want to complicate, such as a peacock herl body. Humans. Go figure.

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