The Opossum Fly

Not much - but it works

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

A small, simple autumn pattern, that lives through the sparkling sandcolored opossum. Easy to tie, but still effective.

Hook 8 or 10 streamer down eye hook
Thread Tan
Tail Small tuft of brown hackle fibers or whole hackle
Body Opossum, natural sand/yellowish
Eyes Bead chain
Head Tying thread

The tail can be formed by tying in loose fibers, but forming a normal, turned hackle, and tying it down leaves a larger tail. Dub thread with fur and cover the shank. Make the fly fairly thick. Stop just in front of hook eye, and tie in eyes beneath the shank. Eyes can be glued with superglue for a more durable fly.
Finish off with tying thread, and rip up the dubbing with a needle.

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