Dry Flies : Foam Hex
By far the most durable high floating extended body large mayfly imitation I have every used. Even after a half dozen fish - this fly keeps on performing. To add a drop or two of "Troutsmen Dry Fly" dressing assures this flies high floating appeal.
I have tied, bought and fished more complicated flies but as a angler who would rather fish that be at the bench or retail store. I know full well where my loyality lies. You won't be disappointed give this fly a try and see for yourself why I pretty much fish this pattern on all my large mayfly hatches. Yes, even including the Grand River tailwater's reclusive brown drake hatch.
by Pacific Fly Pattern -
1. Cut a thin strip of 2mm foam and using a needle thread two stripped quills through the foam at the midpoint.
2. Place the foam and quills on a needle and then tie in the thread so that the tails extend out the back of folded foam strip.
3. Using a few firm wraps of thread make a segmented foam body. The segments should get larger as you move away from the tails. Remove the body from the needle
4. Place a hook in the vise and tie in the mono-filament eyes on the top of the hook shank and erect a post of hen hackle feathers reinforced with antron yarn.
Tying Abdomen to hook
Tie the foam extended body in at the bend of the hook and make a segment or two moving towards the wing post.
7. Wrap the parachute hackle and tie it off in front of the wing post. Tie off the thread and trim. Trim the foam around the eyes.