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Pattern H & L Variant
H & L Variant
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Category Dries
Entered Fri, 30 Mar 2007
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Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #10-20.................. Thread: Brown, black or white 70 Denier, I used brown here for photo clarity but will typicallu use white to hide the thread in the wing bases. The fish don't care one way or another........................................ Wings/Tail: White Calf Body Hair.....................Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl Quill.................................. Thorax: Peacock Herl............................ Hackle: Brown Rooster neck or Saddle
Pattern Description
The H & L Variant is an old school fly that has never really fallen out of favor here in the Rockies. The white wings and tail make this pattern super visible and the subtle peacock and stripped quill body are attractive enough to pull fish in after close inspections. The H & L is a great pattern to hang a dropper from as its hair wings and tail create great buoyancy and visibilty for subtle takes. These white beacons show up well even in the low light of the evening hours. The H & L is also commonly used as a Green Drake imitation on rivers like the Rio Grande, Roaring Fork and Colorado.