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DC's Crippled Green Drake Recipe and Tying Sequence

By Dennis P. Collier

The Crippled Green Drake is a spin-off of my Crippled Callibaetis fly pattern, and will be introduced by Umpqua Feather Merchants in their 2011 "new fly lineup." In contrast to the Crippled Callibaetis, which utilizes CDC puffs for the wing, the Green Drake incorporates the hair from the foot of a Hare. This material is very buoyant, durable and maintenance free.

DC's Crippled Green Drake Recipe:

Hook: Size 10, 12 - TMC 100 SPBL or TMC 100
Thread: Olive UTC 70 Ultra Thread or 8/0 Uni-thread
Wing: Dark Dun Snowshoe Hare's foot
Eyes: Chartpak P31, Olive colored 30# Mason's Hard Nylon
Trailing shuck: Wood duck flank over Olive Ice Dub. Wood duck dyed mallard flank can be used in lieu of natural wood duck
Abdomen: Olive dyed rabbit, squirrel, or dry fly dubbing of choice
Rib: X-small gold wire
Legs: Olive dyed barred hen back hackle, clipped V-style

  • Step 1:

    Clip a generous clump of Hare's foot hair as close to the base as possible. Holding the hair by the tips, use the scissor points to preen out as much of the underfur as possible, minimizing bulk. Start the thread right behind the hook eye and tie-in the hair facing forward over the end of the hook, creating a smooth thread base for the next step. The hair should extend one hook-shank length past the eye.

  • Step 2:

    Gently compress and flatten the thread and material base with a pair of needle nose pliers. This will create a platform, making tying-in the eyes much easier, and minimizing the tendency for their rolling on the hook shank. Tie in the eyes using several very tight figure-eight thread wraps. Optional: A small drop of head cement can be placed on the wraps at this time.

  • Step 3:

    Grasp a small wad of Olive Ice Dub and twist it into a fine point. This will trap the fibers making it easier to secure the material on the shank. Tie in the Ice Dub and pull away the excess, leaving a trailing shuck about one hook shank in length. Separate several barbules from a wood duck flank feather and clip from the stem. Tie in the wood duck barbules on top of, and slightly longer than the Ice Dub base. Tie in a strand of Gold X-small wire and trim the excess of both.

  • Step 4:

    Dub a tapered body of olive dyed rabbit, squirrel, or your favorite dubbing material, taking a couple of figure eight wraps around the eyes as well. Counter-wrap the body with the gold wire. Move the thread to a position right behind the eyes for the next step.

  • Step 5:

    Strip the base material from a dyed olive, barred hen back hackle. Using just the fine tips of your scissors, clip the stem leaving a V-shaped leg-set of several barbules on each side of the stem. Place the base of the hackle on top of the hook shank right behind the eyes and take a couple of loose thread wraps. Gently pull back on the stem and adjust the legs to the desired length. When you've adjusted the legs, take a few tight wraps around the eyes, trapping the stem.

  • Step 6:

    Clip the hackle stem and gently pull the Hare's hair back over the eyes. Secure with a few tight thread wraps behind the eyes, then bring the thread under the eyes and whip finish behind the hook eye. Cement the thread wraps on top of the hair and head.


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