It seems that I'm always trying to simplify things, constantly peeling back the onion to some sort of minimalist structure that will work. A beadhead with no body?? Why not. Same with a SH?? Yup!
But what about a dry fly. The standard dries are beautiful creations that are designed to float by the use of stiff hackles. Comparaduns float mostly because of the deer hair or CDC feathers used. Both of the above work BUT it's the shape that bothers me. They, with the upright wing, don't look like a manyfly or a caddis. The CDC Dun does!
hook - 14 through 18
body - your choice of body material. Keep it slim
Wing - Take a CDC feather and strip off the fibers on one side. Trim the butt ends and then tie the bundle on top of the hook so that the end of the fibers extend just beyond the hook curve. Tie in another bunch if you want a fuller wing but not too much. Make look like the photo.
Head - just a bit of dubbing to hid the wraps.
This fly has the aquatic insect profile with the wing tilting backwards and from 20 feet away it looks like a freshly hatched dun. It works as an emerger due to the body being down on the water and not elevated by hackle. It floats like a cork!!!
This weekend should be a copy of last weekend but just a bit warmer. The Millers has been great and one overlooked spot is the stretch ABOVE the UTD dam in Athol. It may have the longest stretch of quality dry fly water on the entire river. Easy wading and easy casting too. It's the riffles above the pond that you want to fish.
To get there google "chestnut hill ave extension" and drive to the yellow gate at the end of the road. Walk down the hill and head upstream.