This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Hugh Rosen and it's The Art Flick Variants.... 

The Art Flick Variants, here tied on a Dry Fly Supreme #16, are a perfect way to use the centre stems of dry fly hackles in the sizes one never uses.

This is a Catskill classic and is very easy and quick to tie. Here tied to cover the sulfur hatch (E. dorothea), but a very versatile pattern. Change to blue dun tail and hackle and this is an excellent PMD.

Using a cream or light ginger stem, allows the hackle stem body to become translucent after coating with varnish, and letting the underlying colour of the thread show through translucently.

This gives a life-like and well segmented body at recycled cost.

Hook: Dry Fly Supreme (my personal favourite)
Thread: Primrose here, but to match the hatch
Tail: Ginger hackle
Body: Thread underneath. Then cream dry fly hackle stem wound tightly in adjacent turns, then varnish and allow to dry
Hackle: Cree (matches many bugs) or whichever colour works. My favourites are cree or blue dun. Whip and done

Hugh Rosen

Hugh Rosen lives in San Diego, California, which is 400 miles from his favourite Eastern Sierra trout streams. He began fly fishing in the early 1980s while a university student in his native South Africa. He retains a life-long affection for the Kloof streams of the Cape, and for dry flies of his youth, especially the RAB. He learnt to tie flies from that great exponent of Catskill tying, Matt Grobert in Summit, NJ, and has tied flies with harmless obsessive intensity ever since.

Hugh enjoys the camaraderie of fly tying and  sharing photographs with the community by troubling billions of electrons on social media.  He combines a love of trout stream biology with his day job  as a medical scientist and Professor at The Scripps Research Institute and has travelled for science and fishing to England, Wales, Austria, Slovenia, North America and Australia. He has a well established reputation as a world class shrubber, and were he to fish a stream devoid of any  shrubbery except the smallest bonsai, he would lose almost every fly in his possession to that miniscule sapling. Together with his colleagues, he discovered a treatment for autoimmune diseases most notably multiple sclerosis, for therapeutics is just a variation on fly fishing.