some of my favorite flies and how to tie them
The Half Hackle An easy, four step Mayfly
Hook: TMC 100 or Dai-Riki 300 Size 14 – 20 or your favorite dry fly hook
Thread: Match dubbing color
Tail: Hackle fibers from hackle
Body: Superfine Dubbing
Hackle: A single hackle feather
ADAMS PMD BWO Black Nat or Trico
Abdomen: Grey Dubbing Grey Lt Yellow-Olive Olive Black
Tail/Wing/Hackle: Grizzly Blue Dun Blue Dun White
This fly is about the easiest Mayfly pattern I know. It was shown to me by one of my early fly fishing mentors, my Uncle Dick Miller, about 48 years ago. A dozen of these can be tied in about a half hour. It has a Comparadun appearance and sits low in the water, not a fast water fly.
Step 1: Attach thread and pull 6 to 8 Hackle fibers from the base of the hackle that will used for the wing, and tie in as a tail, about shank length.
Step 2: Dub a tapered body up to the ¾ location on the hook shank.
Step 3: Tie in the hackle/wing and wrap 2 to 4 (depending on fly size) times and tie off, wrap thread back to the center of the hackle.
Step 4: With the thread hanging down, using your thumb and fore finger, reach over the top of the fly and grab the bottom hackles. Separate the lower or bottom hackles in half, to the sides of the shank. Now pull all hackle up to the top of the hook shank. Secure the gathered hackle with one or two figure-8 wraps on the bottom of the hook shank. Add some more dubbing and make a few more figure-8 wraps ending at the eye of the hook.
Step 5: Whip finish and fish.
Fly should have a Comparadun appearance.
Options: Replace the tail hackle fibers with Darlon or Z-lon to create a Sparkle Dun look.
Half Hackle PMD
Half Hackle BWO
Half Hackle Adams