Mailman Green Drake

Curtis - July 22, 2013

NOTE: This is the 3rd part of our "Fly Tying with UV" series. If you haven't read the introduction behind this series, you can see it here. It's recommended you read that so you can understand the method behind the madness... From time to time, I get the itch to tie up soft hackles. There's something about these classic style flies that are fun to tie yet have some sort of simplicity to them. With that in mind and wanting to focus on another UVR signature pattern, I looked to throw something together for a Green Drake hatch that I'd been fishing. The UVR comes into play with the highly UV Reflective Pearl Mylar and the not-so-UV-reflective pheasant tail for ribbing (for good contrast). I also throw in some Spirit River UV2 Seal-X dubbing on the thorax and the Spirit River UV2 Mallard for the tail. Again, if you read Mr. Curry's book you'll see it's not all about flash and UVF or all UVR. It's likely a good mix or balance that can best imitate the naturals' UV signatures. Suffice it to say, the pattern did some work. I dubbed this one the "Mailman" (long story on the name) and it delivers. From what I could tell, the fish definitely keyed in on the pattern and would move out of their feeding lanes to nail it. Whether or not the UVR aspect made a difference, it's hard to say, but it's a great pattern to have in the box.

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12
  • Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Olive
  • Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Olive Brown
  • Body: Veevus Pearl Tinsel - Large
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Olive - Small
  • Ribbing: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Olive
  • Legs/Tail: Hareline #1 Hungarian Partridge Skin Natural
  • Wing Case: Thin Skin - Gator, Olive/Black
  • Resin: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.99
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

$3.25
Veevus Pearl Tinsel
Veevus Pearl Tinsel

Veevus Pearl Tinsel

$3.99
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$3.25
Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless
Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless

Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless

$12.95
Hareline #1 Hungarian Partridge Skin Natural
Hareline #1 Hungarian Partridge Skin Natural

Hareline #1 Hungarian Partridge Skin Natural

$55.99

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