Hackled Compower Dun Fly Tying Recipe
Hook: Tiemco 100 or 103BL
Thread: 8/0 black
Tail: Moose body
Wing: Top quality deer hair (not costal)
Hackle: Dyed brown grizzly
Body & Head: muskrat dubbing
- The above recipe uses a gray muskrat body and brown grizzly hackle and
is a good general searching pattern. Vary your size and colors to match the
hatch you're fishing.
- This pattern can be tied without the hackle. It will be more imitative,
but won't float quite as well.
- Regarding choice of hooks, the Tiemco 103BL is lighter, but not as strong as the 100. I prefer the
103BL because I want to give this fly every chance to float well.
- It's important to use top quality deer hair. Look for hair with very
short black tips. Use more hair than you would for a Comparadun.
- Notice the distinct head in front of the wing. Don't crowd the head of
- Be sure to consult the Compower Dun tying instructions to properly tie
air bubble into moose tail.
- Change body color and size to match naturals. This pattern can be used
to imitate any hatching mayfly.
- Step-by-step fly tying
instructions for the Compower Dun.
Tips for Fishing the Compower Dun
- Fish dead drifted.
- Because the construction of the tail and wing provide more floatation
than the standard Comparadun, this pattern can be fished in much heavier
water without sinking.
- If properly tied, with plenty of hair for the wing, this pattern is
quite easy to see in heavy glare, which is fortunate, since that is when
some of the best mayfly hatches occur.