Tying parachutes with soft materials for posts, such as CDC or turkey flats, can be pretty frustrating. The trick, or one of them anyway, is to post not only with the wing, but the leftover material you’d normally cut off, effectively doubling the amount of post material at the base. Loon UV Flow resin covering a body tied with Hends Pearl Micro Braid in pink give this fly a unique opaque shine. If you’d like a kit for this fly, or any of the materials listed, give us a call.
Hook: Daiichi 1180, size 14
Thread: Benecchi Lt Dun, 12/0
Tail: Med Dun Spade Hackle
Body: Hends Pearl Micro Braid, Pink
Wing: Polish CDC, “grey”
Hackle: Med Dun
Thorax: Beaver Dubbing, tan
The Royal Patriot Skunk has only worked once, but then again it has only been tried once, at least by me. This fly floats a bit higher, and offers a bigger profile, than the original. I have six ready to go for those skunky summer days. The original uses the same components, just sub in the smolt blue krystal flash for the peacock, and put the red thread where the krystal flash is in the fly below. The Patriot Skunk saved a few guide days for me, and made some others. It is a combination of Lafontaine’s Double Wing and the Patriot.
Hook: Daiichi 1280 size 10-16
Thread: Red Uni 6/0
Tail: Deer hair
Body #2: Smolt Blue Krystal Flash
Wing: Three Stands of White Para Post
Legs: Medium or small white round rubber
Hackle: Brown saddle, one size small (i.e. use a size 14 saddle for a #12 fly)
This little fly is nothing more than the classic, Marinaro spinner with a little post for the evening angler. While I normally don’t care if I can see my flies at dusk, for sparse spinners like this, it’s good to know that your fly is still floating. And this fly is sparse! But if you find a tough fish eating hendrickson spinners on the edge of a backwater at dusk, you’ll love this fly, and you’ll even love the post as much as, I’m certain, Marinaro would hate it.
Daiichi 1180, size to match the natural
Uni 6/0 Dark Brown, or color to match the natural
Beaver or synthetic dubbing to match natural
Hackle in medium dun, or grizzly dyed dun
2 mm foam in white, yellow, or chartreuse