Submitted by Elaine Cook
This adult Mayfly imitation was originated by Bob Quigley. It lands lightly on the water, floats well, and is easy to see. This fly requires a fair amount of manual dexterity, and so is not for beginners.
|Hook:||TMC 100, sizes 10 - 16|
|Thread:||8/0 olive, grey, rust, pale yellow, or other Mayfly species.|
(These directions will use olive to represent a Blue Winged Olive)
|Tail:||Micro fibets, dun color|
|Body:||Olive superfine dubbing|
|Hackle:||Grizzly saddle, barbs 1 1/2 hook gap|
|Thorax:||Olive superfine dubbing|
1. Crimp barb.
2. Attach thread 1/3rd back then wrap to rear of shank.
3. Attach 4 micro fibets to top of shank, tips extending hook length to the rear, with several thread wraps forward to tie in than wrap back to rear of shank.
4. To separate fibets into V shape; Cut 5" piece of thread, wrap around hook bend pulling ends to rear. Separate fibets, two per side. Bring thread strands up between fibets, then forward on top of shank, tie in place. Cut excess thread and fibets.
5. Return thread to rear of shank. Dub a tapered body forward to 1/3 back on shank.
6. Prepare butt end of hackle; cut off above fuzz and web. Cut 4-5 barbs short on each side of stem (crew cut.
7. Tie in crew cut with tip to the rear.
8. Advance thread to one eye length behind eye. Dub a tapered thorax back to body.
9. To post hackle: Position left index finger about 2" above fly. Wrap thread around finger, back around shank. Repeat two times. Wrap thread around base of thread loops once. Wrap a second time leaving thread hanging on your side of hook. Wrap hackle around thread loops, one wrap immediately on top of the last. Stop when the distance can reach hook eye. Wrap hackle back down to body. Remove thread loops from finger. Hold hackle tip down behind hanging thread. Wrap thread around post below hackle barbs 3 times. Advance thread to hook eye. Cut excess hackle.
10. Pull thread loops forward pulling hackled post. Tie off, cut excess.
11. Tie off with half hitches, cut thread.
12. Stroke barbs gently upward. Cut any that hang down below shank.
Editor's Note: So, this is a different technique. I would be interested if any of our members actually tied this.