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Mike Mercer tying his Mercer’s Missing Link (Natural Dark). This is a great pattern that is very effective in our area and a lot of other places. If you are interested in hearing from and seeing Mike Mercer tie this productive pattern, give it a look.
Originally designed as a spent caddis pattern, we took “caddis” off the end of the name, as this sparse pattern has proven absolutely deadly at mimicking nearly every insect category, from caddis to mayflies to small stones to terrestrials. This fly works great as a “stand out” in blizzard hatches. Something magic here…
HOOK: TMC 102Y, sizes 12 – 18
THREAD: Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice
ABDOMEN: Ultra 70 Tying Thread, color of choice – ribbed with a strand of Flashabou, pearl – coated with SofTex
THORAX/WING SPLITTER: Ice Dub Dubbing – color of choice
DOWN WINGS: Antron Yarn, dark dun
UP WING: Elk Body Hair, natural
HACKLE: Dry Fly Hackle, dark dun