Blue Dun

Another favorite of mine

The Blue Dun is another fly pattern I love to tie. These dry flies work for a number of hatches including the Blue Winged Olives, Hendricksons, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons. These are all great midday hatches. The wing slip are the hardest part of tying this fly.

  • Hook: #12-18 Standard Dry Fly Hook
  • Thread: Blue Dun or Grey
  • Tail: Medium Dark Dun Hackle Fibers
  • Body: Superfine Grey or Adams
  • Wing: Duck Slips
  • Hackle: Medium Dun

Davidson Special

Another Catskill favorite

The Davidson Special is another great Catskill fly pattern was invented by a New Yorker Mahlon Davidson of DeBruce. Davidson was said to be one of the best tyer in the Roscoe area. Constructed like many of the Catskill style flies the body was made from dyed pale green fox fur. The fur was dyed using the bark of the Willow. Today I tie my pattern using Delaware River Club "Cream Olive".  The fly is very similar to a Light Cahill. 

  • Hook: #10-12 Standard Dry Fly Hook
  • Thread: Cream or Tan
  • Tail: Wood Duck Fibers or Ginger Hackle
  • Body: Delaware River Club Cream Olive
  • Wing: Wood Duck
  • Hackle: Light Ginger

Eastern Green Drake

A Barry Beck inspired fly

The Eastern Green Drake is the largest of the mayflies usually tied on a size 10-2XL hook. This pattern was designed by Barry Beck. I first saw this back in the early 90’s at his shop, Fishing Creek Outfitters in Benton, Pa. I tie my wings just a little different than he designed it. His wings were designed using olive hen feathers with both wings upright and together. I tie mine slightly splayed. Either wing style works. It is a good pattern when the hatch is on. It does take a stout leader to cast it.

  • Hook: #10 2 XL
  • Thread: Tan or Pale Olive
  • Tail: Creamy/Olive Splayed in a V
  • Body: Creamy/Light Olive Mixed Dubbing
  • Wing: Two Olive Hen Feathers Tied Thorax Style
  • Hackle: Grizzly

Henryville Special

A Pocono Mountain designed fly

Originating in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, the Henryville Special was a classic created back in the 1930s by Hiram Brobst. He named it the No-Name Fly and in later years it was renamed as the Henryville Special in honor of the Henryville House on the Broadhead Creek. This is an excellent caddis pattern.

  • Hook: #12-16 Standard Dry Fly Hook
  • Thread: Black or Brown
  • Body: The Original Pattern Calls For Red Floss
  • Under-wing: Wood Duck Fibers
  • Wing: Mallard Tied Over the Back
  • Hackle: Medium or Dark Ginger

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