No-See-Um

Cheech - June, 2022

TIf you have fished in Utah, you have probably heard about the Mother Shucker or the No See Um fly patterns that are great little dry flies for midge or baetis hatches. These two patterns are the products of Phil Bair here in Utah, and let's just say that you don't want to fish behind him on the river during a midge or baetis hatch. They are designed to eliminate all unnecessary parts of the fly to focus on just the parts that make it work. I have to admit, when I saw this upswept hackle technique I was a bit skeptical, but I definitely added a row of them in my box for the baetis hatch. This pattern was so effective that I now have them in all sizes and flavors from midges, baetis, PMD's and even green drakes!. It's hard to pinpoint why this pattern is so good, but I think the lack of a tail or a shuck really lets the body sit further into the water, and the wing stays nice and vertical. Whatever it is, the fish really can't resist it! Kudos to Phil on this fly!

Material List
  • Hook: TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook - 22 - 25 Pack
  • Hook (Alternate 1): TMC 226 BL Emerger & Nymph Hook - 18
  • Hook (Alternate 2): Core C1130 Curved Nymph & Scud Hook - Fine Wire - 18
  • Hook (Alternate 3): TMC 2487 Emerger Hook - 18 - 25 Pack
  • Hackle : Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle - Medium Dun - 14
  • Hackle (Alternate): Whiting 100 Pack - Size Variety Value Pack - 14 - Grizzly
  • Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0 - Steel
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

    $3.50
    TMC 2487 Emerger Hook
    TMC 2487 Emerger Hook

    TMC 2487 Emerger Hook

    $26.99
    TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook
    TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook

    TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook

    $24.60
    Whiting 100 Pack - Size Variety Value Pack
    Whiting 100 Pack - Size Variety Value Pack

    Whiting 100 Pack - Size Variety Value Pack

    $15.99
    TMC 226 BL Emerger & Nymph Hook
    TMC 226 BL Emerger & Nymph Hook

    TMC 226 BL Emerger & Nymph Hook

    $11.99
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Medium Dun - 14
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Medium Dun - 14
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Medium Dun - 14

    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle - Medium Dun - 14

    $21.99
    Core C1130 Curved Nymph & Scud Hook - Fine Wire
    Core C1130 Curved Nymph & Scud Hook - Fine Wire

    Core C1130 Curved Nymph & Scud Hook - Fine Wire

    $7.99
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Dark Dun - 14
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Dark Dun - 14
    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle  - Dark Dun - 14

    Whiting 100 Pack Dry Fly Hackle - Dark Dun - 14

    $21.99