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    ... as in Simple Little Thing.

    For a good part of the day lately, the fishies have been more than happy to dine on an October Caddis pattern. But in mid-afternoon, when a mixed PMD and BWO emergence begins, they've mostly been selective to really small dry / emerger style patterns.



    This Simple Little Thing consists of two materials, other than the tying thread. It is something like a fly I tied several years ago for the BWO hatch on a small tailwater in the Central Mountains of Idaho. But simpler.

    This one is tied on a size 20 standard dry fly hook. The materials are duck flank feather and hackle to size. For the PMD I used yellow thread and dun hackle. For the BWO I went with a size 18 hook, olive dun thread, and grizzly hackle.

    Strip a bundle of 8 or so fibers off the flank feather. Tie them in at the bend, adjusting for an appropriate tail / shuck length. Bind the fibers to the shank as you wrap forward to create a thread body.

    Wrap the thread body a bit further forward than you would for a normal parachute fly. Then loop the tag ends of the flank fibers back to form the post / wing, secure them, and trim the waste.

    Tie in the hackle and secure it to the lower part of the post. Take your normal number of turns to form the parachute, but instead of stopping there, use the 90 degree hackle method, taking several turns of hackle ahead of the parachute before tying it off just behind the eye of the hook.

    Building a thicker, more tapered body is not necessary on the size 20 version, but makes for a better silhouette on the size 18 version. But slim works.

    The fish were all over both the PMD and BWO models yesterday. And it was fun fishing small dries again after months of big skwalas, salmonflies, golden stones, hoppers, and fall caddis.

    John
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    Looks great, John. Simple is always better for me. I feel an SBS coming along right as speak?

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    John,
    I really appreciated you sharing the information about this fly. I'll probably tie some this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    Greg

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    John,

    Nice little fly. Is that a mallard flank feather?

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    John,

    Thanks for clearing that up and the idea. I thought it was mallard. Think I'll try that same pattern style using teal & cream, wood duck & brown, and wood duck and dun. Of course, using a thread color that complements the hackle.

    Allan

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    John,

    Of course you're right. Don't know exactly what I was thinking when I wrote that. I meant using a thread that's similar to the insect body. Perhaps a shade lighter to account for it getting darker when wet

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    John,
    I know you're working on a SBS! But could you post a close-up of the fly? Is it similar to Borger's loop wing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnScott View Post
    Bruce -

    When I tied a fresh batch this morning, I took pix for an SBS. But the pix turned out downright lousy - poor focus and framing. Maybe I will do better next time I tie some SLTs.

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    Thanks, John.
    Similar, except the Borger loop wing is in line with the hook shank and envelops the hackle. Will post a pic of one if I can find one.
    Thanks, John. Nice looking fly!!

    Here's one I found that I have tied in the Borger style. The hackle is V clipped on the bottom. Happened to use a synthetic for the loop wing, but the originals used flank feather or similar material, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnScott View Post
    Byron -

    It looks like the fly in your pic uses at least four materials, it definitely lacks a parachute, the "loop" is quite different than the wing / post of the SLT, the hackle is only wound around the shank rather than with the 90 degree hackle techique, and the hackle is "V clipped" on your fly.
    John, Yes, other then those differences you clearly identify, they are the same fly design (NOT). Beside which, I believe a general 'loop wing' fly predates Borger's.

    Allan

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