Video: How to Tie the Missing Link Dry Fly

Bob Reece is a junior-high science teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who spends his summer guiding for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado. He also works with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and runs a fly-fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at the school where he works. He also runs the Reece’s Thin Air Angler Facebook page. We featured his Hot Amber Caddis Nymph a few weeks ago.

In this video, he ties one of his favorite dry-fly patterns:

This is a pattern created by Mike Mercer. It’s a transitional pattern that was originally created as a Caddis imitation. Over the past several years its become my favorite, non-terrestrial, dry fly pattern. It has been a consistent producer for me on waters ranging from high elevation lakes to low elevation streams, rivers and still waters.

In this video, Bob walks you through the pattern, offers a couple of tricks for making the pattern more durable. It’s interesting that the posts the elk hair with the hackle, rather than with the thread.


          Missing Link
          Hook: Caddis-pupa hook (her a TMC 2487), sizes 10-16.
          Thread: Dark brown, 6/0.
          Abdomen: Tying thread.
          Rib: Pearl Flash.
          Abdomen Coating: Cure Clear Goo.
          Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub.
          Underwing: White Gator Hair.
          Hackle: Grizzly Hackle.
          Post: Natural Elk Hair.
          Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap.

2 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Missing Link Dry Fly”

  1. My son and I were extremely successful with this pattern. When we cleaned our catch they were stuffed with fresh water snails. Circle W Hi Hium.

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