I developed this fly to fish Oatka Creek in April and May when these little black stone flies hatch. The fly only has 2 or 3 materials depending on how you tie it. It’s a versatile fly that works best as a trailing fly and can be fished with (dry) or without (emerger) “Frog’s Fanny” floatant. Used as a lead dry fly it can be hard to see on the water.
Variations include; cutting the CDC wing short for use as a nymph, adding a bead head, body and wing color, caddis variations minus the tail...
Hook: MFC #7000 dry fly std. #12-16 photo is 14
Thread: Uni 8/0 brown
Tail & body: Turkey tail feather 8-10 vanes, tied in at bend to form short tails. Then wrapped forward over superglue to form body to one eye length behind hook eye.
Wings & legs: 2 black CDC feathers, tied flat, shank length plus gap of hook. Feather butts are folded back on each side to form head and legs. Butts trimmed to 2/3rd of the body length on each side. These act as legs and out-riggers. Whip finish behind the head.
Over-wing: hen grizzly, vanes pulled back and tied in behind head.
Note: Superglue over-wing at whip finish.