The Comparadun is a lifelike imitation, but many tiers avoid this fly because of the wing. Tying the wing is relatively easy if you know the trick. The fly is also versatile. You can tie it in several different sizes, and if you use other colors, it can imitate any mayflies, even adult mayflies and emergers. We will tie the Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun, an excellent pattern for imitating adult mayflies.
Materials for Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun Dry Fly
|Body:||Antron Dubbing||Light Olive|
Video Instructions on How to Tie a Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun Dry FlyVideo coming soon.
Slideshow on How To Tie a Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun Dry Fly
Step 1 – Tie in the Wing
Tie in your thread, and continue wrapping even turns until you have covered approximately 1/3 of the shank. This is the point where you will tie in the wing. Take a small portion of deer hair. To align the tips, you should use a hair stacker. Once the deer hair tips are aligned, you can tie them in with the tips facing forward. The wing length should be the same as the body’s length.
Use a pinching loop when you tie in the wing. Most deer hair fibers will be on the top of the hook shank using a pinching loop. Some hairs will spread around the hook, but this is something we will be cleaning up later. Trim excess hair fibers in an angle to make a tapered body, and continue wrapping tying thread in even turns until you reach the point where the hook begins to bend.
This tail is for imitation of adult mayflies. Using antron yarn as a trailing shack, you can make an imitation of emerging mayflies.
Step 2 – Tie in the Tail
Make a small ball of tying thread. If you have a flat tying thread, it will help to spin the bobbin anti-clockwise. The tying thread ball will help spread the tail fibers to each side, just like the tail of a natural mayfly. Tie in the microfibbets on each side of the hook. The length should be approximately the same as the body’s length. You can secure the tail with a drop of varnish.
Step 3 – Dub the Body
Make a thin dubbing noodle. The lighter the dubbing noodle is, the easier it is to build up an even and well-tapered body. When you come to the wing, make the first turn close up to the wing on its backside. Then make a turn close to the wing in front of it while holding all the deer hair fibers in position using your fingers. It would be best if you did this at least two times to properly clean up the area around the wing and fix the wing in position. At the same time, you will also build up a thorax on the fly. Make a small head with the dubbing noodle. Complete the fly with a whip finish of a few half-hitches and some varnish.
How to Fish the Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun Dry Fly
The Deer Hair Pale Olive Comparadun is a go-to pattern when the mayflies are hatching. The dry fly does not have any hackle, and it will sit low on the water film, giving a very lifelike impression. Present the fly upstream on rising fish. It would be best if you avoid drag on the fly.