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Light Hendrickson

Tom Deschaine, Westland, MI - July 06, 2009

Roy Steenron, a Catskill game warden, originated the Hendrickson (AKA the Light Hendrickson) back in 1916. He named it after his friend Albert E. Hendrickson. It was originally designed for the subvaria hatches on the Beaverkill and other surrounding rivers. In the more popular version, the body fur was modified by Art Flick from fawn fox belly fur to urine stained belly fur from a vixen fox. The fly is extremely popular east of the Mississippi --- a must for every tackle box.



Step #1 Tie in a good bed of Gray, 6/0 thread.

Step #2 Tie in your tail fibers then run your thread forward to the throat position.

Step #3 Tie in your wings of Wood Duck Flank Feathers; a premium material that’s getting harder and harder to find.

Step #4 Trim off excess material and tie upright and divided, using the figure eight technique. Run your thread to the rear of the hook.

Step #5 Prepare your thread with wax and dubbing.

Step #6 Wrap your dubbing forward And tie it off. I usually take this opportunity to trim up the fly.

Step #7 Tie in the hackle.

Step #8 Wrap the hackle in the normal manner. Tie it off. Finish the head. Add cement.

Historical note: Many fishermen question the existence of the urine stained fur from the belly of a vixen fox, but I assure you it does (or did) exist. I have a moderate supply of the actual material which I purchased from English Angling Trappings some 12-15 years ago. It was sold under the name of ‘burned vixen’. It has disappeared from catalogs today but can easily be substituted with a tanish, grayish, pinkish fur or synthetic.

See you on the water…..
Tom Deschaine, Westland, MI

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