Quigley's Struggling Drake SBS
Tied here as a western green drake; original had olive-dyed grizzly wings and a little Krystal Flash in the shuck. All the green drakes I've seen had darker wings, so I went with the dun; the KF I forgot until I spun the deer hair.
hook - TMC 5212 #10
thread - UTC 140 olive green/MFC 8/0 olive
shuck - Congo Hair brown
rib - poly yarn yellow
rear body - UTC 140 olive green
mid body - deer hair olive spun/clipped
wing - hen hackle tips dun
hackle - olive-dyed grizzly
mash barb; start thread at 2/3 mark, wrap back to point above barb
tie in shuck
tie in rib (I used a few fibers, twisted into a rope), wrap forward and tie off at 1/3 mark
clean a clump of deer hair, trim tips, tie in with 2 soft loops and spin; tie off thread and trim
flip it over, lay razor blade on eye to establish belly and push straight back
trim a tight pfd
re-start thread (switch to the 8/0); select a pair of hackle tips (gap width, opposed)
measure for length (shank), tie in
trim butts, pull tips up and set with thread wraps (Figure-8 between is optional)
tie in hackle
wrap hackle, tie off, trim tip, half hitch x 2, SHHAN
clip hackle underneath for a flush-floater (optional)
Fish catcher or not, beautiful pattern and tie.
I like it. I've been focusing on fishing, and tying for, some larger mayfly hatches in my area over the last few years. This gives me another perspective to try. I especially like the deer hair mid-section for flotation while keeping the abdomen thin.