Fly of the Month: Mosquito

This month’s fly was submitted by Jim Wilborn. It is a relatively simple fly to tie and features an attractive quill body. Despite its name, this fly imitates a callibaetis mayfly and has proven to be very effective in Colorado waters. Tie some up and give them a try!

Recipe:

Hook: #12 -#20 Standard Dry – Tiemco 101 or equivalent Thread: Gray or Black – 6/0 Pre-waxed Wing: Grizzly Hackle Tips – Upright and divided Tail: Grizzly Hackle Fibers Body: Stripped Grizzly Hackle Quill Hackle: Grizzly

Jim Wilborn’s Tying Instructions

Start the thread near the middle of the hook shank and wrap back to the bend. Tie in the tail fibers (they should extend about the same length as the shank of the hook).

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Prepare a pair of grizzly wing tips with convex sides facing together and butt ends stripped of fibers. Position the wings along the hook shank and tie them in at their base. Then stand them up and build a base of thread around them so they remain standing.

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Finally, wrap an x-pattern between the wings to separate them. If you don’t intend to include wing tips (I don’t bother with wings on flies size 18 or smaller) just bring the thread forward to the head of the fly. -Jim Wilborn

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