Or as in my local waters called a Mahogany Dun. What do you think of the use of the new wing material? This one is tied with a bit heavier hackle for spring high water.
Size 16-18 2x long dry
Tail: medium dun hackle fibers
Body: mahogany super fine dry dubbing
Wing: trimmed to shape wing from material posted previously
Hackle: medium to light fun wound heavy
Thread: mahogany brown
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Excellent question. Not tested yet in a stream. Dropped into a bowl of water, the little beastie sits just fine. I've used a lot of dries with wings made of cloth materials. A shot of waterproofing at streamside seems to overcome any issues with the wings getting soggy and losing shape. My real concern here is that the material my fray badly after a fish or two. Will have to wait for the snow, wind, and sub freezing temps to end to test.
Yes, I too can live with the terrible issue of having the trout chew my flies to pieces. We fly fisherman have so many struggles to overcome. There's that damn bright sunshine, the rippling noise the water makes, all that fresh air filling our lungs, the quiet and solitude to overcome. It's a wonder we find the strength to battle bravely onward.
I've had another thought about the fraying wing potential. Wouldn't this look a lot like a newly emerged dun trying to shake out and dry its wings? Since the mahogany dun is usually so slow to get off the water, frayed wings might even be an advantage on this fly. Or perhaps I'm just rationalizing. LOL.
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