Materials (list materials in the order they are tied on the hook)
- Hook: TMC 2487 size 14 to 22
- Thread: 8/0, black or color to match/compliment body
- Tail and beard: Sparse bunch of partridge
- Body: Goose biot, color to match natural
- Wing: Dun CDC dun
- Thorax: Super fine dubbing , to match body
This pattern is from Shane Stalcup a tyer from Colorado who lists his influences as John Betts, AK Best, Tim England, and Mike Tucker. It is meant to represent the stage when a nymph has floated to the surface and the mayfly dun has started to emerge from it’s shuck and the front half of the dun is visible, including the wings which are represented by the loop of cdc.
This fly is a trout pattern and may be fished up stream or down, as a searching pattern or to match naturals prior to or during early stages of a hatch. My favorite way to present would be downstream slack line, per Josh Greenberg, owner of Gates Lodge.
You will be using a scud hook for this, start your thread mid-shank with the eye pointing down. Take a sparse bunch of partridge fibers and tie in just behind your tie in point and wrap back into the bend so a tail is formed slanting down at 45 degrees approximately.
Choose a goose biot of the appropriate color, olive or brown are good general choices, and tie in the tip just above the tail. Wrap thread back to mid-shank and then wrap the biot forward to the thread with hackle pliers and tie off. Any excess biot can be over-wrapped.
Select two dun colored CDC feathers of good size and tie in where the biot ends , making a couple of loose wraps. The feathers should be tied curved side out (convex to convex). Pull abck gently so that tips of CDC are under the wraps and secure with a couple of tight wraps.
Attach a substantial amount of dubbing to your thread and wrap forward to create a ball and then stop. Select another sparse clump of partridge and tie under hook to represent legs. Then bring the two feathers over the ball, one hook eye length back, and take a loose wrap. Take stems of feathers and gently push towards rear of hook to create the loop wing. Tie down securely, remove excess fibers and tie in a small head. Whip finish. Done. Pattern tied by NIFTY member Ed Miller.