February 2009--B


Marv Slind

Six Pack

Hook: Nymph Hook, Size 6 - 10 (9672, etc)
Thread:Olive or Brown
Tail: Dyed yellow pheasant rump fibers
Body:Dyed yellow Pheasant rump fibers, twisted and wrapped on for body

Hackle: Dyed yellow pheasant rump fibers, tied wet, "spider" style
Tying Instructions and Pattern History:
Tying Instructions:
  1. Attach thread to hook
  2. Tie in several pheasant rump fibers for tail
  3. Strip most of the fibers off one side of a pheasant rump feather, and tie the base of the fibers onto the hook
  4. Twist the fibers to make a narrow "rope," and wrap around the hook, making a fairly thin body.
  5. When you start to run out of fibers, tie off, with the tips pointing toward the rear of the hook (forming a rough set of "legs")
  6. Repeat the process with another bunch of fibers, tie off as with the first bunch
  7. Continue repeating the process until you have covered most of the hook shank
  8. Tie a pheasant rump feather on by the stem, and palmer two or three times around the hook to form the hackle
  9. FInish head by preferred method

This pattern was developed in the Pacific Northwest in the eary 1960's. According to Roy Patrick's "Pacific Northwest Fly Patterns," Karl Haufler used some of Roy's dyed yellow pheasant feathers to make a variant of the "Carey Special," a widely used soft-hackle pattern for lake fishing in Washington and British Columbia. It's an effective imitation wherever you might find damselfly nymphs, and perhaps even dragonfly nymphs (helgramites).

The fly's name comes from its value in a barter system: if you have one, and no one else does, it's worth a six-pack.

Photograph ©2009 by Marv Slind