Hook: Daiichi 2457 size 10
Weight: .015 lead (optional)
Body1: Larvae Lace, small olive
Body2: Hungarian Partridge
Body3: Senyo Laser Dub, brown
STEP 1: First place your Daiichi 2457 in the vise, then comes the optional step of adding weight to the fly by wrapping on about 8 or 9 wraps of .015 lead under the thorax area of the fly.
STEP 2: Start your thread behind the eye of the hook and wrap backwards to cover over the lead wraps and hold them to the hook shank securely. Wrapping on diagonals will assist in faster coverage and will fill in the gaps between the lead wraps. Once the lead is covered then advance your thread to the rear tie in point on the hook.
Is it a caddis? Is it a Henny? Is it a stone? Do you really care as the fish eat it? This fly is pretty much my take on a steelhead soft-hackle. Just as the cookie version of the Thin Mint is irresistible to me, the fly version seems irresistible to steelhead. When wet the Senyo Laser Dub lays back across the body, as a bit of a wingcase, and has just enough sparkle in it to add a little dimension and appearance of tranlucency. The best way to fish this fly is a standard soft-hackle technique; let the fly dead drift and then swing out at the end of the drift. Many times you will get a bump just as the fly starts in to the swing...so be ready! In water that is on the low and clear side you are typically looking for a smaller more buggy nymph, so it is in those conditions that I most often tie on the Thin Mint. I also tie this fly for my box in both brown and black versions to more closely match whatever bug is most prevalent on a particular day.
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