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Fly of the Month

Feb 2017


 Deer Hair Emerger

Bob Wyatt in his book What Trout Want introduces us to the Deer Hair Emerger.  Bob has fished this fly from his home waters of New Zealand to Montana with great success.  It is a simple fly to tie with only a few materials needed.  Begin by attaching the thread at the midpoint of the hook leaving a long end of thread to be used as ribbing.  Dub and wrap the working thread from down the bend to the midpoint of the hook shank.  Next spiral the tag thread as a rib  and tie in the wing of deer hair emerger style with the butts showing.  Stand up the wing and dub the thorax.  Bob thinks the secret of this fly is its long and full thorax.

Hook  -  Tiemco #2488 or any scud style hook #12-16

Thread - Brown 6/0

Body - Olive hares ear dubbing

Rib  -    Tying thread

Wing  - Deer Hair

Thorax - Brown hares ear dubbing

John Lazar

Fly Tied by John Lazar



Deer Hair Emerger



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.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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