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How to Tie the Major Woody

January 31, 2018 By: Marshall Cutchin

Producer: Tim Flagler

Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “I call this fly the Major Woody. Other than a gold wire rib, everything on it is either wood duck or a material that’s colored wood duck.  Although it doesn’t imitate a single mayfly species exactly, I think it represents a number of them roughly, including quill gordons, hendricksons, march browns and sulphurs. For me, it’s the fine markings on the wood duck that really sell the pattern because they look so much like those found on the naturals. They kind of say to the trout, ‘Hey, I’m over here and I’m a living thing, and not just a stick, a leaf or other piece of detritus.'”