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Mackey Special

tied by scottyb1
Fly Type: General Freshwater,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Material List:
Hook: Mustad 6-12
Tail: None
Thread: Black 6/0 Waxed
Under Body Wrap: Saddle Hackle - depending on color of body tied. White, Black, Brown, Tan
Body: 6-8 strands Horse hair and 2 of 6 strands Orange Embroidary Floss/Strig (?)- Horse hair -White, Black, Brown, Tan 6-10 inches long.
Tying Instructions: 1. Start thread at hook eye. Wrap down til just before hook bend.
2. Tie in Orange 2 strand string on the bottom of the hook.
3. Tie Saddle hackle on top.
4. Tie in 6-8 Horse hair strands on top. Remeber the more hair you use the fatter the fly will be.
5. Wrap Saddle forward as thin or as thick as you want. Tie off 4-6 wraps before the hook eye.
6. Taking the Horse hair. Start it on the fly side away from you. Bring it down to match the Orange string.
7. Taking the Orange string which should be to the left of the Horse hair, wrap around the back of the Horse hair so it's back on the side. This should be clockwise. Now make one wrap around the hook with the Horse hair. This wrap should be away from you.
8. Continue with this pattern up the hook to where you stopped the Saddle hackle wrap. Tie in the Orange string/Horse hair with a few wraps of thread.
9. Cut off excess Orange string.
10. With the rest of the Horse hair. Make loops, tying in each one. If you have enough Horse hair tie in between 4-6 loops that are about as long as the hook.
11. Either tie up the last of the Horse hair into the loops, or cut it off. Make a few wraps behind the loops to make sure it stands up straight.
12. Wipe finish the head.
13. Cut all the loops with scissors into single strands.
14. Optional - for a different kind of play in the water you can use a lighter and burn JUST the tips of the Horse hair.
Presentation Tips: I have found that you can use this fly either dry, wet or as a nymph.

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