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Fly of the Month
Parachute Ausable Wulff
Fran Betters was the dean of the Ausable River in New York's Adirondack Mts. Fran
is credited with developing several patterns including the Ausable Wulff, the Usual
and the Haystack. A number of his ties became the foundation for popular patterns
such as the comparadun, and some of the no hackle patterns from Swisher & Richards.
This fly is a parachute version of the Ausable Wulff.
Hook - Dry fly #10 -18 Thread
- Flo Orange or Red 8/0 Post - White calf tail Tail - Woodchuck body guard hair Body
- Rusty orange dubbing Hackle - Brown and Grizzly; mixed tied parachute style
Fly tied by John Lazar
Ausable Wulff Parachute
The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late
Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT. Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body
on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6. He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks. Fortunately
we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we
usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen. We've slightly modified Nick's
original to match our stones. The original was tied without legs and is quite effective
that way. The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along
the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture. Begin by tying
in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural),
cover the butts of the hair with dubbing. Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the
tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts
with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.
The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown. If using the legs
tie them in at the next to last clump. Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed
to the final clump.