Hook: Partridge TDH
Tail: Red cock hackle fibres
Body: Hare fur dyed ginger using darker fur for the thorax
Ribbing: Fine copper wire
Post: Rust Hi-Vis
This has been my favourite fly for many years. To get the shade of fur I want I dye the hare mask myself, blending tan and yellow dye mixed with a bit of luck. The blue underfur dyes to a slightly olive colour.
By dyeing the whole mask I get a mixture of light and dark shades and I invariably use the darker fur in the thorax. It also enables me to carry duns of a lighter or darker shade to match the naturals of the day.
The ginger wing post is easy to see in the reddish light of the setting sun and I am sure it gives the fly an overall glow from the troutís point of view.
Anyone who has tried these flies found them to be a successful pattern in
rivers, both on the mainland and in Tasmania and they account for about 80%
of the fish I catch which are feeding on duns.
It is worth trying to match the colour, which I would describe as gold.