Friday, April 12, 2019

Fly Tying: Hackle Stacker

The Hackle Stacker is one of my favorite mayfly emerger patterns as it is one of the more unique ties that I find very innovative. I love how the material pops out of the wingcase and how the hackle, which is spun around the wingcase material, helps the fly float right below the surface. The Hackle Stacker is a proven pattern for picky trout that like to rise for those emergers that you most likely won't be seeing on top of the water.

Hackle Stacker

Material List
TMC - 2457 - Size 18
Uni-Thread - 8/0 - Pale Morning Dun
Hackle - Dun - Size 14
Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Gray 
Turkey Biot - PMD

Fly Tying Instructions
Step 1

Step 1: Start with putting your hook into the vise and tying your thread.

Step 2

Step 2: At the bend of the hook tie in the emerger yarn. Once secured, cut off any excess and leave about a hook shanks worth of material.

Step 3

Step 3: Tie in the turkey biot next to the emerger yarn and secure with a few wraps.

Step 4

Step 4: Build a taper body while working your way up the shank of the hook and leave your thread at about the 2/3rd mark. Wrap turkey biot to form the abdomen of they pattern.

Step 5

Step 5: Tie in a bit of emerger yarn and form a parachute post.

Step 6

Step 6: Tie in the hackle feather next to the parachute post.

Step 7

Step 7: Add dubbing to the thread and form the thorax of the pattern. Be carefully not to dub too close to the eye of the hook as you will need some room to finish the fly.

Step 8

Step 8: Straighten the parachute post and begin wrapping the hackle around the post tightly about 4-5 times.

Step 9

Step 9: Once you have all the materials in place catch them with your thread behind the eye of the hook to secure. This can be quite frustrating with material coming loosing but with practice it will become easier.

Step 10

Step 10: Whip finish and finished!

Extra Information

The Hackle Stacker is one of my go-to patterns when I'm seeing fish rise but they don't appear to rising for duns. It is best fished with a long 5x or 6x leader and presented with a drag-free drift. This pattern and be tied in multiple colors to match various other mayfly species. 

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