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Dun Variant
Dun Variant
One of Art Flick's classic Catskill dry flies
Published by peregrines
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Dun Variant
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Type of fly dry fly, mayfly, spinner, Catskill style,
Originator of pattern if known Art Flick
Tied and Submitted by peregrines
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern Intermediate, a little more complicated pattern, previous experience tying different types of patterns helpful
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook Preferably 1 x fine wire, 2x short shank dry fly hook,like a Tiemco 921 or Mustad 94838 size 10-14. A light wire, standard shank Mustad 94833 (new equivalent Mustad renamed R30) size 14 used here
Thread Brown, or black 8/0
Tail Long stiff dark dun hackle.
Body Quill stem of a reddish brown rooster, soaked for 5-10 minutes, tied on by the tip and wrapped up shank in close touching turns.
Wing None
Hackle collar dark dun dry fly cape or saddle , over size for hook--- size 12 feather on size 14 hook here.
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History A classic catskill dry fly
Special tying notes Soak quills in water while you select a feather with long enough barbs of the tail. These can be hard to find. Barbs from spade feathers or Coq de Leon roosters are often used.
Target species Trout
Fishing notes Excellent imitation for Isonychia mayflies, both duns and spinners. Isonychia (also called mahogany dun, slate wing dun, white gloved howdy and other names) is a major mayfly hatch in the East and occurs in spring and again in the fall on many streams. The fly can be dead drifted or skittered over the surface to imitate the behavior of the egg laying females. This is a really fun fly to fish
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