There was a time when the Hornberg was considered an almost unfair fly to fish with. Invented by an American Game Warden of that name, this fly quickly gained a reputation as a slayer of brook trout. This spring, on my favourite brookie waters, I'm going to give that rumour a test.
In preparation, yesterday, I tied my first three of these flies, so if they seem a little sloppy, you'll have to forgive me. I used a hen, soft hackle grizzly feather like the original pattern called for. I plan on fishing it as a streamer anyhow.
The recipe is:
Hook: 4x streamer hook, size 8 to 10 is about right.
Thread: black fine (I used nano-silk in a 30 denier)
Body: Silver mylar tinsel
Underwing: Two yellow hackles about 1.25 times as long as the hook shank.
Wings: 2 mallard side pocket feathers, cupped sides in.
Eyes: Fake or real jungle cock (Starling feathers also make a good substitute.)
Hackle: Grizzly soft hackle.
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