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Friday, October 24, 2014

Purple Haze

The Purple Haze is simply a mayfly of stated color. My Idaho fly fishing buddy FP (OK) calls these a "purple Adams", which is an appropriate description. In Idaho this can be a very effective summertime fly. Fishers tell me it can be very effective on rivers such as the St. Joe and Clark Fork with limited success on the Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai.

1 - Hook size #14. Two (2) grizzly hackles/black thread.

2 - Purple dubbing bring out hackle as shown
before eye (2/3rd down)

3 - Add wings. Here small foam strips.
Can use feathers/antron.

4 - Wrap hackle parachute style several times.

5 - Secure hackle. Add more purple to end.

6 - Tie off and fly complete.

7 - Purple Haze underside.

In the summer and early fall, try the Purple Haze as a trailer behind a really big attractor like the YSF Stinger (Foam Terrestrial). Simple attach with a 18"-24" piece of tippet (5-6X) and hold on. On particularly warm days in late Indian summer (October), both flies can be very effective.

Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods and good fly tying to all.

YellowStoneFly (YSF) aka:

Tags: Pheasant Tail Nymph
     Prince Nymph
     Royal Wulff
     San Juan Worm

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