Windshield Haze Drowned Mayfly Dun
I designed the purple Windshield Haze (formerly Purple Haze Soft Hackle or Drowned Purple Haze) to imitate a drowned BWO dun that got sucked under and is therefore easy prey for the trout. While initially intended as a fly for beginners to fish on a short (6″) dropper behind some sort of larger dry fly they could see, this fly’s effectiveness means I now have experienced anglers fish it early and late in the season, as well. I have experienced anglers fish it on a slightly longer dropper behind a small dropper, especially my Purple Hazy Cripple in #16. Since this fly is tied on a light wire emerger hook, it sinks slowly and only a few inches, so even a small dry can serve as an indicator, and you’ll often see the fish make porpoise rises to this bug, without having to wait for the dry to dive to indicate a strike. It has produced several rainbows in the high teens on guide trips this spring. I expect to try it in a wide range of colors this season, because whenever I’ve used it, this fly has rocked.
Hook: #14-20 curved shank emerger (or light wire scud) hook.
Thread: 8/0, here purple. Use thread to match or contrast the colors you choose to try the fly in.
Hackle: Hen hackle, here light dun (which is a good general mayfly color). Tie using the technique given on this video.
Wing: Light dun Darlon or similar pale gray crinkly synthetic yarn. Tie using a similar technique given in the link given just above.
Tail: Hen hackle, same color as used for hackle.
Abdomen: Spandex floss (Sexi-Floss, Wonder Wrap, Spanflex, Life Flex, etc.), here purple.
Thorax: Fine dubbing with a hint of UV flash, here Montana Fly Company UV Frog’s Hair in color “Adams.”