Invicta Flies - Wilgreen Special
Originated by Troy Harrington of Kentucky. This pattern was originally designed as a bluegill fly, but has been found to be excellent for trout. With a soft hackle wet fly style, profile and colors suggestive of a variety of insects, this fly produces well when stripped and when dead drifted through pools and pockets. The bead head helps the fly get down to where the fish are holding. For best results, keep the materials somewhat sparse.
Hook: Mustad 3906B, #14
Thread: 6/0 gray
Head: gold bead, 3/32
Tail: mallard flank
Ribbing: fine gold wire
Abdomen: Spirit River Possum Plus dubbing, natural gray
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: Hungarian partridge, light shade
1.) Place gold bead onto shank of hook and place hook in vise.
2.) Secure thread onto shank and build a small "dam" to hold bead in place. Wind back to bend of hook.
3.) Tie in the tail of mallard flank fibers, about ten fibers, length equal to the hook gap.
4.) Tie in wire ribbing, portion to be wound extending past bend, and bring thread back to bend.
5.) Dub a thin body, tapering gradually toward front. Abdomen should extend to about two and a half bead widths behind eye.
6.) Counterwrap wire ribbing forward. Tie off and clip excess.
7.) Tie in four strands of peacock herl by their tips. Twist around tying thread and wrap to form thorax. Leave a small space equal to about two thread wraps between the thorax and bead. Tie off and clip excess.
8.) Select a partridge feather of light shade to match mallard flank tail. Measure fibers for length, which should be about as long as the hook shank. Strip one side off of the feather and tie in by its tip. Take two turns, tie down and clip excess.
9.) Whip finish and cement thread wraps.