Mercer's Missing Link

Umpqua Feather Merchants $2.25

Originally designed as a spent caddis pattern, we took "caddis" off the end of the name, as this sparse pattern has proven absolutely deadly at mimicking nearly every insect category, from caddis to mayflies to small stones to terrestrials. This fly works great as a "stand out" in blizzard hatches. Something magic here...

FLY RECIPE:

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, sizes 12 - 18
THREAD:  Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice
ABDOMEN:  Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice - ribbed with a strand of Flashabou, pearl - coated with SofTex
THORAX/WING SPLITTER:  Ice Dub Dubbing - color of choice
DOWN WINGS:  Antron Yarn, dark dun
UP WING:  Elk Body Hair, natural
HACKLE:  Dry Fly Hackle, dark dun

Code Color Size Price
#139FG Green Drake 12 $2.25
#139FN Natural Dark 14 - 18 $2.25
#139FO Olive 20 $2.25
#139FR Red 14 - 18 $2.25
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Originally designed as a spent caddis pattern, we took "caddis" off the end of the name, as this sparse pattern has proven absolutely deadly at mimicking nearly every insect category, from caddis to mayflies to small stones to terrestrials. This fly works great as a "stand out" in blizzard hatches. Something magic here...

FLY RECIPE:

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, sizes 12 - 18
THREAD:  Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice
ABDOMEN:  Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice - ribbed with a strand of Flashabou, pearl - coated with SofTex
THORAX/WING SPLITTER:  Ice Dub Dubbing - color of choice
DOWN WINGS:  Antron Yarn, dark dun
UP WING:  Elk Body Hair, natural
HACKLE:  Dry Fly Hackle, dark dun

Code Color Size Price
#139FG Green Drake 12 $2.25
#139FN Natural Dark 14 - 18 $2.25
#139FO Olive 20 $2.25
#139FR Red 14 - 18 $2.25

Reviews (6)

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Amazing

The local West Slope cuts can't resist the missing link, especially as the afternoon cools off and the shadows lengthen. Doesn't matter whether there's a hatch or not, whether the water's low, whatever conditions, these trout are consistently fooled. My go-to fly if nothing else is working.
Posted by Brook S.E. Schoenfield on Sep 11th 2018

Missing Link

As advertised it is catching fish on the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado! I am using it and some Galloup Found Links and my own ties of the same flies and Mike is in first place with me second and Kelley third! Dry flies are a lot of fun in clear shallow water!
Posted by Laurence on Aug 3rd 2018

Don't Miss This Fly

If you are fising N. Cal rivers, spring creeks (Fall River)...don't be the "missing link" and get this in your fly box...
Posted by John - Pleasanton, CA on Sep 16th 2016

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SKU: 139F