Denson’s General Purpose Daddy

Denson's General Purpose Daddy

Hook: Tiemco TMC100BL #10
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Blend of Natural Hare/Squirrel 50/50 mix with pearl ice dub
Body hackle: Grizzly hen dyed golden olive
Wings: Cree Cock
Legs: Knotted pheasant tail
Shoulder hackle: Grizzly hen dyed golden olive
Thread: Danville 6/0 brown olive

A straight copy of Rob Denson’s pattern, though my choice of materials and orientation of the fly in the photograph certainly seems to accentuate the olive colouring more than in Rob Denson’s original. I really like the simplicity of this Daddy pattern, there have been some truly wonderful and complex patterns published over the years for a fly that is a staple for the tail end of the season. With plenty of bulk there’s lots of material to keep it afloat or it would be relatively easy to sink into the surface film.

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AK’s Black Midge

AK's Black Midge
Hook: TMC 100BL #14-18
Trailing shuck: Four or five bronze mallard flank fibres
Body: Pheasant tail (dyed black)
Wing: Krinkle mirror flash
Hackle: Black cock
Thread: Danville 6/0

An adaptation of an A.K. Best midge pattern that, being black, would likely make a decent dry fly for wild browns on UK rivers and lochs. A.K. uses Moose mane hairs for the body, not that common in these parts so pheasant tail substituted, and plastic freezer bag for the wing, substituted with some mirror flash.