I don't know who A.E. Hendrickson was but he was a customer of Theodore Gordon..... Roy Steenrod was a friend and prodigy of Gordons who inherited Hendrickson's business. A classic fly that Steenrod came up with and was tied for A.E. is now known as "the Hendrickson" and is a fly for every bodies fly box... I picked apart my Noll's guide for these three flies , a nymph, wet, and dry fly and here are my interpretations......
Funny you mention dipping into one another's boxes. My fishing partner/best bud and I are getting ready to head out on a 10 day fishing trip and were discussing flies and whatnot today. The same thing came up. We share flies on the stream and often end up passing flies back and forth to one another when we figure out what's working.
Several years back on one of my favorite local streams, I got to talking with an older gentleman. We chatted about what was working for us and I handed him a few flies that had been productive for me. He countered and offloaded some really beautifully tied flies. I had never seen a size 32 Copper John until then. You have to look really hard, or you might miss it! It was beautifully detailed considering the size. God bless him, the stream I'm speaking of is a heckuva tough wade.
Yet another really cool aspect of fly fishing. Thanks for jogging some great memories.
The Steenrod dry-fly pattern is for the female dun, by the way. The male dun is darker and is traditionally imitated by the Red Quill.
The coloring of the female dun also varies somewhat from river to river. Art Flick's dressing, which is often considered today to be the standard dressing, specified urine-burned vixen belly fur for the body, which has a pinkish cast.
Curiously, the Noll dressing for the Light Hendrickson nymph (which it looks like you followed) is much lighter than the natural, which is dark reddish brown with dark, almost black, wing pads, and often has a lighter bronze or tan band across the abdomen. The Noll Dark Hendrickson dressing is a closer imitation, as is also the good old Pheasant Tail.
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Nice link; and a dressing for the fly which I had never seen before. I'll have to give it a try sometime. The crest for the tail should really set it off.
"Since the first Hendrickson, several patterns have been put on the market, called the light and dark Hendrickson, but none are tied true to color. The Hendrickson is tied with the tails from the crest of a golden pheasant; the wings - wood duck; body - fawn colored fur from the belly of a red fox; hackle - dun, almost transparent, or water color."