It’s “oldies” month here, where we’re reviewing some of the region’s oldest and most traditional fly patterns. The Gray Hackle Yellow was a southern favorite since Moby Dick was a minnow. When you review a list of suggested fly patterns from over a hundred years ago, the Gray Hackle Yellow made the list with of other flies that have fallen into obscurity such as Wickham’s Fancy and the Professor. This soft hackle pattern is easy to tie, durable, and a proven late spring pattern that is a decent imitation for the yellow stoneflies that are currently emerging in large numbers of many streams.
Hook: Standard wet fly hook, size #8 to #16
Head: Danville Flymaster 6/0 white for body; black for head
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Hackle: Partridge or guinea