Video: How to Tie the Last Chance Purple Haze

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has already shown us how to tie two versions of the Purple Haze dry fly–here and here–and now he’s back with a really cool cripple/emerger version that looks super buggy. To a trout, a mayfly that can’t escape its nymphal shuck is an easy target, and these patterns often work best during a hatch.

In this video, Tim Flagler shows you how to create this cool pattern, showing off his usual tips and tricks to do it more efficiently and easily. The combo-platter nature of the fly doesn’t look very elegant, but who cares, as long as it catches fish?

          Last Chance Purple Haze
          Hook: Tactical dry-fly hook (here a Fulling Mill FM50), size 14.
          Thread: Purple, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Tails: Moose body hair, cleaned and stacked.
          Shuck: Golden brown Antron yarn.
          Body: Purple rabbit-fur dubbing.
          Wing: Natural white CDC.
          Hackles: Brown and ginger grizzly.

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