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PMD Shuck Swimmer

tied by Old Hat
Fly Type: Wet,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Imitation: Mayflies,
Material List:
Hook: Mustad 3906B #16
Thread: Griffith's 14/0 ginger
Hackle: light dun hen cape
Shuck: mixed colors of antron (orange, tan, cream)
Tail: tips of ostrich dyed a yellow tan color
Rib: x-fine uni-wire yellow
Rear abdomen: ostrich (same as used for the tail)
Forward abdomen: fly-rite dubbing PMD
Tying Instructions: First, this really a design more than a specific species pattern. I initially used this design for callibeatis. It can be used for any mayfly that prefers to emerge in slack water or lake systems. Just change the size and color to match your hatch. I generally fish this just in or below the surface during a hatch giving it very slight twitches to get the ostrich moving erratically as an insect in the final stages of ridding itself of the shuck. My tying method is below.

Prepare and tie in the hackle extending over and just behind the eye, concave side up. Move thread to the rear of the hook while tying in the wire along the near side. Secure in the antron for the tail. Keep it sparse. Tie in the ostrich tips. I generally use 3. Move your thread to mid-shank. Wrap the ostrich forward to your thread and follow with the wire rib tying each in. With thread still at mid-shank, apply your dubbing and wrap forward stopping just a couple wrap's space behind the hackle. Bend the hackle up at a 90 degree angle to the hook shank then make 2-3 wraps backward to your thread. Secure the hackle with your thread and make a couple wraps of thread forward through your hackle to the eye of the hook. Make a neat head and tie off.

Presentation Tips: See tying instructions.

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