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WD-50

Posted on March 01 2015

Fly of the Month
 
This month’s fly is the WD-50.  I have fished this small nymph for a number of years and have come to depend on it when the fish get smart and picky.  This pattern is a variation of the WD-40 which was created by Mark Engler of Colorado in 1982.  It imitates Midges or Blue Winged Olive emergers.  The letters WD stand for Wood Duck, which is the material used for the tail and wing case.  The WD-50 variation was created by Carl Stouts.  He added a flashy wing case and a wing stub to give it a new look.

Hook   -          curved emerger hook size 14-20
thread -             olive, tan, gray, or red thread of choice
tail       -          wood duck or mallard dyed wood duck
body    -           tying thread
wing case -      flat mirage or pearl tinsel
wing bud -      wood duck or mallard dyed wood duck
thorax -           grey superfine dubbing
 

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