Brown Hackle Yellow

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Description/Tying Instructions

Brown Hackle Yellow

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.

Materials List

Mustad 3906B 1X Long 10,12, and 14
Thread 6/0 Uni-Thread Brown
Underbody Lead Wire (optional) Thickness of Hook's Shank
Tail Crystal Flash or Rainbow Thread Yellow or Pearl
Rib Oval Tinsel Gold
Body Uni-Yarn Yellow
Hackle Hen Neck Feather Brown

Tying Notes

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.

Angling Tips

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.

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