I love tying the traditional Catskill patterns, and this is one of my favorites. The colors and the overall form of the pattern are so appealing to the eye, as is the almost majestic way it rests on its tail and hackle. As I write this, I can see it in my mind's eye 30 feet away on the end of my tippet, drifting along the water surface toward a feeding trout. And I wish it was a warm, cloud covered, windless June day and I'm standing in the cool Upper Delaware River anticipating the take. This is how I think whenever I tie a fly; how will it look when its on or in the water when it is fished?
Hook: Mustad 94840 #10-12, or your preferred standard dry fly hook.
Thread: 6/0 Olive Danville
Wing: Woodduck flank feather
Tail: Medium brown hackle fibers
Body: Fawn colored rabbit
Hackle: Brown and grizzly mixed
Thanks again to Tim and Joan Flagler for an incredible job with the video production.
Sharpen those hooks, and do a rain dance!