Just Another Fly (J.A.F.)
By Gregory D. Bevard,
Drawings By Tom Porterfield
From: Patterns of the Masters, 1995
Oregon Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
Just Another Fly (J.A.F.)|
My favorite places to fish are all lakes. One of the Mayfly
hatches that occurs on the lakes I like to fish is the
callibaetis hatch. The flies used for this
hatch were an Adams, Loop Wing Adams, Sparkle Dun, and
a Quill Gordon.
After fishing one day with my oldest son William, (he must have
been about eight or nine years old the) we went back to camp
and decided to tie some flies. As we were tying we got to thinking
about what it was that make these flies work, and wondered if
we could make a fly that worked better.
We decided if we took the loop wing from the Adams, that
would be a good start. Then we needed a tail, so we wanted
something that would serve multiple purposes, so we took the
Z-lon tail from a Sparkle Dun. Now we needed a body, and
what looks more like a mayfly than a Quill Gordon.
Now to float it we needed a hackle, so we put a dun hackle
on it just for good measure. The original name was a Dun
Loop Wing Sparkle Quill. That got to be a mouth full to yell
across the lake, so we shortened the name to a J.A.F. Just
Hook: Dry Fly 10 - 20.
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0.
Wing: Teal or mallard Flank.
Tail: Z-lon - Olive.
Body: Stripped Peacock Quill.
1. Attach thread at the wing position. This is 1/3 shank length
back from eye. Take about 8 to 10 mallard or teal flank fibers
and tie them in by the tips with four wraps of thread. Tips
should be pointing rearward.
2. Fold butts back to for loop for the wing. Trim butts and
3. Lift wing up with fingers and bring thread in front
of wing. Use four wraps of thread forward, then four
wraps back toward wing and finally four wraps at base
of wing building a wedge of thread to hold wing upright.
4. Split the wing with a figure eight and end figure
eight behind the wings.
5. Now tie in the tail right behind the wing so that there is
a smooth transition between the wing butts and the tail
tips. Wrap back to the bend of the hook and trim
the tail to length of hook shank.
6. Tie in spripped peacock herl at hook bend and wrap
thread forward to midpoint of shank. Wind stripped
herl body to midpoint and tie off and trim butt end.
7. Tie in hackle at midpoint, dull side forward, and bring
thread to within about four wraps behind eye. Wind
hackle three turns behind wing and four turns in front. Trim
waste end and whip finish. If you use two whip finishes you
will not have to cement the head. I like tight threads and
Here's the finished fly.
I fish this pattern as a stillborn, emerger, dun or, a spinner.
One day right after I started tying this, my wife and I were
fishing a very heavily fished lake in Northern California.
I broke off a fish, and my wife caught the same fish. I
know it was the same fish because it still had the fly that
I had lost in its mouth. Since then this has happened
several more times. ~ Gregory D. Bevard
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