This is a pattern which I have used for many years and has been
proven by myself and friends to be a great fish catcher.
Body: Orange Brown fine Fly-Rite Dubbing. A Fat body
Wings: About 14mm long projecting beyond body size 12 fine wire hook.
The wings are made from coloured cling film by using burners to form
a “Tennis Racket Frame”. Light brown or cinnamon
They are tied in on each side at approx. the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions.
They are have tight wraps at the eye where the cling film wing is tied in
and then looser wraps as you progress backwords towards the face of the wing.
Same principal as if you were tying in deer hair.
Hackle Small Genetic red/brown cock hackle from bend to just before the thorax,
where the CF Wings are tied in.
Hackle Small Genetic red/brown cock hackle
Antennae: Shaving brush bristles about the same length as the wings,
coloured cinammon or brown.
I usually trim the underside of the hackles to the gape of the hook.
The fly sits low in the water and because the wings are flexible when you pull it through the water, the weight of the water pushes the wing into the hackle and when you pause it flicks back out again giving a nice little double “V”. Its magical on a flat calm.
I use the same design for Heather Moths which are great and I am about to try out
some prototypes of other sedge designs such as the Grouse wing and Yellow spotted sedge which you can see in the lower half of one of the photos.
I’m not that confident that they will be robust enough , but its worth a try.