Published Dec 7. 2020 - 3 years ago
Updated or edited Dec 8. 2020

The Cowdung

Mentioned as far back as Isaak Walson's "Compleat Angler" of 1653, the Cowdung is a true classic fly. Tied to imitate the Yellow Cowdung Fly, this terrestrial pattern can effectively be fished as a wet fly in streams wherever cow pastures are close by.

Hook: #10-16 1x long wet fly
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold tinsel
Body: Rabbit dubbing, olive and orange mixed
Throat: Hackle fibers, light brown or ginger
Wing: Mottled turkey slip

This pattern can be found in David Klausmeyer's "Favorite Flies" published in 2020, and available here:

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