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Anna K

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Anna K - Ron McQuay the originator of the Anna "K" is a fly tier, guide, and a fixture in the fly fishing world on the White River and Norfork Rivers near Mountain Home, Arkansas. Ron is one of those guy's that knows fly fishing; when Ron speaks, people listen. Ron developed the Anna "K" to use as an emerger pattern to imitate the caddis hatch in the area. However, the fly can be used as a blue-gill or panfish fly. The Anna "K" is named after his granddaughter, but it's anything but a child's fly.

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Hook:TMC 102Y, size 17 or TMC 100, size 16
Thread:8/0 Uni-Thread, Black
Collar:Black Superfine Dubbing
Wing:Pearl Midge Flash
Soft Hackle:Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle or Partridge
Body:Kreinic Metallic Thread or Wapsi Mini Sparkle Braid

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Tying Instructions

  1. Mount the hook
  2. Start thread and lay a base the length of the shank.
  3. At about 1/3 of the shank length behind the eye tie on a piece of the Kreinic body material and secure it with thread wraps to a point on the shank above the barb.
  4. Bring the thread to the front of the hook. Wrap the Kreinic body material forward to a point about 1/3 of the shank length behind the eye and tie off. Clip the excess body material
  5. Using the black superfine dubbing, create a small ball of dubbing in front of the body material. This ball of dubbing will help flair the hackle.
  6. Tie on a few strands of Pearl Midge Flash directly in front of the dubbing ball for wings. Clip the strands the length of the shank.
  7. Prepare and tie on the soft hackle. Make one or two wraps of soft hackle and tie off. Make a couple of wraps of thread over the hackle back towards the ball of dubbing to further flair the soft hackle
  8. Form a nice head, whip finish and cement.

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