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Hornberg Dry

Posted on August 01 2012

hornberg at a maine fly shop

This month’s fly is one of my favorites – the Hornberg Dry. The hornberg is perhaps one of the most versatile flies around. Many have fished a wet hornberg with its grizzly soft hackle and maybe even junglecock eyes The dry version is heavily hackled with a mixed color hackle like the Adams fly. The teardrop shaped wing gives the fly a look like a stonefly or caddis. The fly can also be pulled under on the end of its drift to copy a minnow or emerging insect. It is one of the most effective patterns for drakes in larger sizes and caddis in the smallest sizes. This fly is my first choice for doing the “Kennebago swing” in the tail of a pool or along a seam. I tie it in natural, olive, yellow, brown, and red in sizes 6 – 16. Try out this versatile, Maine favorite next time you are out on the water.

Hook – 94831 6 – 16
Thread – 8/0 to match wing
Body – silver tinsel
Underwing – yellow calftail
Wing – mallard flank feather
Hackle – 1 grizzly and 1 brown feather


  • brett damm: August 14, 2020

    Always yellow

  • Doug Ames: August 14, 2020

    What do you use for the under wing for the different colors of Hornberg.. Always yellow for all colors! It was nice to talk to you guys last week and buy some materials. Look forward to trying the Helios Rod in the future! Thanks and stay safe.

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