Partridge and Olive
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The Partridge and Olive was one of the favorite patterns of now deceased Jack Gartside. It is a good suggestive pattern for both emerging caddis and mayflies. It is suggested that it be tied on short to medium length hooks for caddis and medium to long for mayflies.
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|Hook:||Fine wire, Daiichi 1150, TMC 3769 or equivalent; sizes 14-18
|Thorax:||Hare's Ear or gray squirrel dubbing.
|Rib:||Thin gold wire (optional)
|Hackle:||Hungarian partridge (one, but no more than two turns.)
|Head:||Hare's Ear or gray squirrel blend.
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- Mount the hook in the vise and lay a thread base from behind the eye to the point on the shank above the barb. Tie on the wire and wrap the thread back toward the eye stopping at the 1/3 of the shank point.
- Spirals wrap the wire forward to form the ribbing. Tie off at the 1/3 point on the shank and clip excess.
- Build a sparse tapered body to the 1/3 point on the shank.
- Dub a thorax ball at the 1/3 point on the shank.
- Tie in a Hungarian Partridge hackle; tip first, in front of the thorax.
- Make one, but no more than two wraps of hackle around the hook. Tie the hackle back against the dubbed thorax so that the hackle flares.
- Form a head in front of the hackle with a small amount of dubbing.
- Make several wraps of thread behind the eye, whip-finish and cement.