Six Pack

November, 2009

                                  Fly Pattern: Six Pack

                         Tier's Name: John Gort      Email: See Roster
                         Date: 11/07/09                 Phone: See Roster

    Fly Originator and History: Unknown, an old but very popular among the fly 
    fishing guides in British Columbia, Canada.

                                       How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Intermediate line.
    Depth: Top few inches of water just below the surface.
    Suggested retrieve: Very slow steady retrieve or strip.
    Comments: This pattern represents a damsel nymph. They are not fast swimmers 
    so a leisurely retrieve or very slow strip is good followed by with a pause 
    of one or two seconds. The fly should be fished between the weed tops or just 
    out side of them in a few inches of water. Position yourself near an object 
    that is above the water so that the damsels will be swimming toward you. 

                                       Fly Material
    Hook make /size / length: TMC 5263, DAI 710 or equivalent, 3x long, size #6-10, #8 preferred.
    Thread: size / color /type: Olive or brown, 8.0or 6.0.
    Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: None.
    Tail material / size / color: Olive or yellow pheasant rump hackle tips.
    Body material /color: Gold or Yellow pheasant rump.
    Ribbing size / color: Fine gold wire (optional).
    Thorax size / color: Same as body.
    Collar size / color: Olive or yellow pheasant Rump hackle.
    Head size / color: Olive or brown thread head.

                                       Tying Steps
    1. Thread: Tie on thread base and glue.

    2. Tail: Tie on about 10 fibers the length of the shank. Then, tie in an 
    additional 10 fibers. (Tying in two smaller bundles of tail material makes 
    it less likely that the tail will slip on the shank.)

    3. Shank: Tie on a 2" or 3" piece of gold wire (optional).

    4. Shank: Tie on a narrow pheasant feather, and tie it in by tip. Then bring 
    the thread forward, stopping behind the eye, allowing some space for the collar 
    and head.

    5. Body: Twist the feather to the right a couple of turns and wrap around the 
    shank. Continue to twist and wrap forward, forming a twisted feather body. 
    Wrap the gold wire forward to the same point. Tie off the body and ribbing, 
    cutting off any excess material.

    6. Collar: Select a hackle with fibers that are about 1-1/4 times the length 
    of the shaft. Tie on the hackle by the tip, and wrap 2-3 times, forming a 
    Carry-style collar.

    7. Head: Tie on a medium size thread head. Whip finish, cut thread and glue.

                Erik Simpson, 11.08.09