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Female PMD

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Female PMD (Pale Morning Dun -- the males are far more yellow but the females are larger, fatter olive green and not yellow)

The males float for 6" to 12" inches, fly off and hover around the bushes and fly over the water. The females drift for 20' feet or more and head straight for the bushes when they do finally fly. So the ones you see in the air are buzzing yellow males. But the flies drifting downstream like tiny sailboats are olive green females.

 

Hook: #20 DaiRiki 125

 

Body: 4 or 5 stacked elk hair strands, with teal flank tails, all over-wrapped with olive dubbing and gold wire. Pre-assembled on a #12 beading needle. A small dab of thinned-out water based fabric cement at the base of the tails--prior to wrapping the dubbing--keeps it from unravelling.

 

Wing: gray Senyo Laser Dub

 

Hackle: horizontal under-mounted tuft of olive Zelon. The Zelon gets basted loosely in place with two horizontal wraps, from the bend of the hook up to the eye. Fiddle with the loose hackle until is splays out nicely. Then glue it in place permanently. Any glue will do. Water based fabric cement is good. As is ZapAGap, UV glue, Sally Hanson's, etc

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Super looking fly Sandy. The pattern would be very adaptable as well.

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These two photos were taken in the same place, one day apart. July 4th and 5th four or five years ago, at O'Hair's Spring Creek South of Livingston MT. These two photos don't show the size comparison. But the males are a bit shorter and skinnier. And far more active.

 

Here's the female:

Female-pmd.jpg

 

And here's the male

Male-pmd.jpg

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If the female was a #16 the male was a #17 or #18. Not much difference really. I'm not suggesting it's important in terms of catching fish. Just an interesting trivia tidbit for the soggy hard drive between the ears :=))

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