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Brown Hatch

Hook: Daiichi 1260 #16
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Mallard Flank White
Body: Taimen Beaver Dubbing Brown, UNI-Mylar #16 wrap
Wing: 2mm foam
Hackle: Whiting Bronze Brown

Was looking at some emerging Ephemerella patterns for this one; it will sit very low in the surface and the mallard flank tail will give it life. The foam wings together with the large hackle will make this sit in the surface for a long time. One of those that will end up filling a row in my box later this summer.

Quill Gordon

Hook: Mustad 94840 #16
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Mallard Flank White
Body: Turkey Biot Lt. Olive
Thorax: Peacock
Wing: Mallard Flank Olive
Hackle: Whiting

First time tying this pattern, got the wings and body ok done, the hackle could have been a bit shorter, but I don’t think that is a problem.

As you can see here: I got the wings nicely separated, but with the long hackle I could have had some more material in the wings to fill it out a bit. you start tying flies and photographing them with a macro lens then all the minute details comes out and I could have re-done this until I got it correct, but I mainly tie for fishing purposes (and to learn new things) so all the flies I put up here have a good chance of ending up in my flybox. The pictures here are all a part of my path to learning more about the different patterns, so I will add the not-so-good as well as the good flies here: it is all a part of the journey to become better.



Hook: Partridge Klinkhamer X-treme #14
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Body:  Wapsi SLF Squirrel – Natual Fox
Thorax: Peacock
Wing-post: Poly-yarn
Hackle: Whiting

Up to when it is time to tie in the hackle this pattern is very simple, but once  you get the tie-in of the hackle around the wing-post it comes down to avoiding trapping too much hackle beneath the thread.

The poly-yarn gives good visual aid to the fly and if you look from underneath it you can see the footprint it will give on the surface. A great pattern that can be varied with colors and scruffiness to achive different behaviour.