Category Archives: mayfly

Hairy Drake by Tim Neal

This unconventional dry fly was designed by Michigan guide Earl Madsen. It’s a fly designed to mimic a hex or brown drake hatch. The fly is pretty big, but the heavy application of hackle and the poly body should keep this floating pretty well.

Hairy Drake Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: 2xl dry fly hook
Thread: Yellow 3/0
Post: White deer hair
Tail: gray squirrel tail
Rib: Brown dry fly saddle
Body: Yellow yarn or polypropylene
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle


Youtube: Tying Michigan’s Best Trout Flies


Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie McPhail

This little CDC Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie is a magical little dry/emerger fly pattern. The bubble wing is constructed with loops of CDC and this pattern will really float high. The Canis is tied using high contrasting white and natural gray CDC which should help keep it visible in a variety of lighting conditions. This style looks promising, and I’ll be tying a few versions for this week’s trout opener.

Bubble Wing Caenis fly pattern recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 16
Thread: White Giorgio Beneccchi
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon Fibres
Body: White CDC Feather
Wing: Two Natural Grey CDC Feathers
Thorax: White CDC Dubbing


Youtube Channel: Davie McPhail
Youtube Video: Bubble Wing Caenis Fly pattern


Simi Seal Baetis by Tim at Tacky Fly Fishing

Tim ties a killer little glass bead Simi Seal Baetis fly pattern. As the name suggests, this fly uses the Simi Seal dubbing as the primary material on the fly. The pattern is pretty simple and well suited for tying into some smaller sizes. A nice property of the Simi Seal dubbing is how buggy it becomes with a little use, or a light brush out.

Simi Seal Baetis fly pattern recipe

Hook: Scud hook #14-#20
Thread: 8/0 black or any
Bead: Blue pearl or dark color glass bead
Tail: Pheasant tail
Body: Simi Seal (brown)
Flashback: #10 pearl mylar coated with UV resin or epoxy
Thorax: Tan UV ice dubbing


Youtube Channel: Tackyflyfishing
Video Link: Simi Seal Baetis