The Dark Hendrickson Wet is an excellent well-rounded pattern for spring fishing, or at any time that there are dark mayflies offered to trout. The pattern is efficient fished on a conventional wet-fly swing, dead-drifted, or perhaps jerked. It’s simply buggy enough and suggestive enough that trout succumb to it frequently.
In this generally killer video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions reveals you how to connect a classy, yet basic variation of this classic. The barbless black competitors hook makes a great base, and you’ll discover that the method Tim prepares each plume and clump of fibers will assist you connect numerous other patterns. For a great lesson on fishing damp flies, have a look at this great video from The New Fly Fisher.
Dark Hendrickson Wet Fly
Hook: 3X-strong, black nickel barbless hook (here, a Fulling Mill FM5105), size 14.
Thread: Brown Veevus, 16/0.
Tails: Medium dun hen hackle fibers.
Body: Natural muskrat fur dubbing.
Collar: Medium dun hen hackle.
Wing: Disallowed lemon wood duck fibers.
Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, whip-finisher.