This week’s pattern features Michigan award winning tyer, Mark Lord. Mark has won numerous awards from MUCC for his original patterns as well as recognition of his expert knowledge of original Michigan patterns including those of Ernie Borcher, Clarence Roberts, and Ann Schweigert. Mark is also well known for his meticulous replications of Carrie Stevens patterns. Mark explains in the video that he and Dave Leonhard worked for many days developing a pattern in the late 1990’s… and more importantly… a dubbing color that would more closely resemble an emerging Hendrickson. The result is the parachute pattern he calls “The Extended Body Hendrickson”. There are several great tips in the video including how to easily create the extended body, and how to more easily parachute hackle your dry flies.
This pattern was developed exclusively for the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria) which emerges in late April and early May. I highly recommend viewing the article “The Gentlemen’s Hatch“ to learn more about this great hatch.
EXTENDED BODY HENDRICKSON
Hook: Orvis 1523 #14
Thread: Uni Thread gray 8/0 (Mark will prefer Danville 8/0 wine color)
Tails: Microfibets alias Mayfly tails white or moose body fibers
Abdoman/Thorax: Blended dubbing mix (see recipe of Superfine brown olive, Hendrickson, rusty spinner available on streamsideorvis.com) tied extended body
Wing/Post: Dun colored Parapost or poly yarn
Hackle: Dun saddle hackle