Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Wet Mouse

Hook: Daiichi 1550 (Size 8-12)
Thread: 6/0 Brown Uni
Body: Pheasant After Shaft Feathers
Collar: Pheasant Back Feather
Weight: None

Another pattern created using feathers from the lowly ring-neck pheasant. Jack Gartside created this pattern and while it can be frustrating working with delicate after shaft feathers it is a very effective pattern for everything from bluegills to bass and trout.

The after shaft feathers are very delicate, but have a magical swimming action in the water. I tie in the butts of the feathers and wrap back to the bend. I counter wrap with light mono to increase durability. Once the fly is together it is surprisingly rugged.

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