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I tied a few of these a couple of weeks ago.  Not sure what I ended up with.  It's nothing unique, just another soft hackle, something that I rarely fish.  But, if a person intends to fish the Firehole, they'd better have some soft hackles.  No hatch?  Soft hackle.  It's the law.  I checked the Park regulations.  I'm kidding of course.

Regardless, the intent here was to imitate some stage of the white miller caddis.  It's pretty simple.  A blob of antron for a shuck, roughly wrapped thread body, hare-tron thorax, partridge hackle.  Do soft hackles have shucks?  Maybe it would be better fished as an emerger?  With a dab of floatant, maybe even as a PMD cripple?  Or, maybe it's just another fly tying disaster gone awry....

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  1. Oh, put some gink or powder on the top hackles of that thing and throw it on Depuys, dead drifted in the film. Anywhere in a pmd hatch. I carry those! (Similar).

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    1. Jim, if they work for you then I darn well better follow your advice and give them a try. I looked through some of your old blog posts a couple of days ago just to get a handle on your "secret" patterns. That simple thread body PMD just kills me. Of course, I had to tie a few.

      Interestingly, I was going to fish DePuys today, but cancelled my rod couple of days ago due an unfavorable weather forecast. That may have been a tactical error. I suspect that you'll be making you're annual swing through these parts soon?

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    2. Dang it, I meant your (not you're) annual swing.

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  2. Shucks, Les, I'm no expert on the fly, but I'd say that a shuck would be apropos considering that emergers wriggle out of something. It could float well as a cripple, too. I'll be hitting the Rockies next month so I better learn more about those PMDs and such. Thanks for the primer!

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    1. Walt, I usually tie cripples or emergers with a sparser shuck. Just personal preference. This started out with the intention of being fished wet as a soft hackle. But, I can, as Jim indicated above, see its potential for use on top.

      The PMD's make for a great hatch. As a recent dry fly devotee, I've only paid attention to them for a couple of years. What I like best is that they're big enough to see! Hopefully, you'll hit 'em somewhere on your trip.

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  3. Yep! Henry's Friday night (a bit delayed), all next week, then maybe the MO. Creeks July 1-4. Then. . ? Wherever fish are rising until the 15th. Not near enough days to even scratch the surface.

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    1. Jim, I've driven to Last Chance three times in the last two weeks. Have seen little in the way of bugs. Hopefully they'll make their grand entrance in your honor. Best of luck.

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  4. Lester
    You never know about a fly pattern weather it will attract a strike or not, this one is worth the try as a dry---- but I would fish it as a soft hackle pattern tight lining---I have fished soft hackle pattern similar but not with as much body. The soft hackle is one of my go to patterns on the Caney. What you did with this fly pattern is why I want to learn to tie my own flies and just experiment---like the fly!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, do you remember the old Doublemint commercials? Maybe it's two flies in one. Fish it dry, or whack off the shuck and swing it as a wet. Imagine if we could get away with packing just a few patterns and a pair of scissors! Right now, I carry around ten little boxes and still rarely have the right pattern. I remember reading stories about guys getting pretty creative manicuring the venerable Humpy.

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