March Fly of the Month
This month's fly is the Hendrickson Last Chance Cripple
At our February meeting guest speaker, Rich Hudgens, gave us a very nice rundown of the fly hatches on the Upper Delaware and the Beaverkill. One fly pattern that he touted is this version of the Hendrickson, particularly when there is a heavy hatch.
Origially designed by Rene Harrop, the picture and the recipe shown here is Tim Flagler's version. Should you be missing a specific material don't hesitate to substitute another as long as it has a similar color and characteristics. Change the colors and you could use this pattern to represent cripples for other may flies.
Hook: dry fly size 14
Tail: wood duck or mallard flank fibers
Shuck: brown antron or zelon
Body: Hendrickson pink turkey biot is specified, but fine and dry dubbing should work
Thorax: Hendrickson pink dubbing
Wing: dun CDC
Hackle: medium dun
A video of Tim tying this fly produced by Tightline productions and available on Midcurrent is available at https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-rene-harrops-last-chance-cripple/
At most general meetings we feature a "fly of the month" and everyone is encouraged to participate. By going to the page entitled "Flies and Fly Tying" you will find a recipe for the fly including any special tying instructions. Bring in at least two and you will receive a raffle ticket for each fly. Those who have not tied a fly for the raffle can purchase tickets for a dollar a piece. The winning ticket gets half of all the flies submitted while the other half is retained by the chapter.