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Hawthorn Fly

  • Body: Ethafoam cord or cut sheet
  • Wing: Antron fibre
  • Hackle: Cock, dyed black or natural
  • Legs: Knotted Hopper legs or Sili Legs
  • Tying thread: Black
  • Hook: Size 12-14

Hawthorn flies can often be seen in large numbers, flitting about hedgerows throughout the early Spring. Another common name is St. Mark's Fly - St. Mark's Day being 25th April. Whilst common along rivers where wind can blow these slightly clumsy flies onto the water, they are also seen on stillwaters, and are popular with rising fish.

This tying represents an effective use of new materials to create a light convincing profile of this gangly insect. Catch in the tying thread in the usual way then tie in a suitable length of ethafoam cord pointing over the eye of the hook.Tie the end in firmly, then fold the foam over the create a convincing thorax and abdomen. Now catch in your choice of legs, tying over the foam. Next a few antron fibres with some Krystal flash worked through to form a wing. Finally catch in a black cock hackle and make just one turn before securing, trimming and finishing off with a couple of half hitches.

There are two schools of thought regarding the Hawthorn fly on stillwater. One says fish it static, purely as a conventional dry, the other suggests a slow, jerky retrieve, to imitate an insect struggling in the surface film. Either method has its merits, and I suggest you try them both.