Ted Patlen submitted this original Stu Apte fly from his collections to The Flybrary. Ted is an amazing fly tyer in his own right and the winner of seven fly-tying world championships. It’s wonderful that he had this in his collection. If you haven’t visited The Flybrary, you should. The photography is beautiful, showing some gorgeous flies. All the photos were taken by Tim Geist.
Hook: Gamakatsu SC-15, size 3/0.
Thread: Bright orange Flat Waxed Nylon
Wing: One pair of wide, bright orange hackle feathers on the inside, with one pair of wide, bright yellow hackle feathers on the outside. Tie the feathers so they splay out.
Collar: One bright orange and one bright yellow hackle wrapped in front of the wing.
Head: Built up with tying thread, then coated with clear head cement or five-minute epoxy.
Tying note: This fly features splayed wings of three or four pairs of hackles tied at the hook bend to reduce fouling. It can be tied in a variety of colors.