This Brown Hackle Yellow is one of three color variations of an old time trout wet fly that's a great panfish producer. The other color variations are the Brown Hackle Orange and the Brown Hackle Red.
|Mustad||3906B 1X Long||10,12, and 14|
|Underbody||Lead Wire (optional)||Thickness of Hook's Shank|
|Tail||Crystal Flash or Rainbow Thread||Yellow or Pearl|
|Hackle||Hen Neck Feather||Brown|
This is a basic wet fly pattern with a tail, rib, body, and hackle collar. It can be tied in a variety of colors or a combination of colors that are attractive to panfish.
In addition to the Brown Hackle Yellow, I tie two variations, one with a red body and tail and one with an orange body and tail. All three color variations work.
The body is made from Uni-Yarn. This material should be in every fly tyer's materials cabinet because it's so versitile. It comes on a spool in a variety of colors. Because it's fuzzy, many tyers use it in place of dubbing, even on very small flies.
You will need a pair of pliers to flatten the lead underbody if you want your fly to look like the one in the tying sequence. But, the fly looks just fine with out the flattened body. It's just a slightly plumper fly.
A hen neck feather works best for the hackle collar because hen is softer and webbier than rooster feathers.
I fish both weighted and unweighted versions of the Brown Hackle Yellow. The unweighted version is more boyant. Consequently, it sinks much slower. When the unweighted version is fished, strikes often occur as the fly sinks slowly.
Fish it like you would any other wet fly. Cast it into fishy looking cover or along weed lines and fish it with a strip-strip-pause retrieve. If that tactic doesn't work try consistent short strips.
Pattern and Photo by WarmWaterFlyTyer.com