Fly Tying the Colorado King – Classic American Dry Fly

Created by George Bodner of Colorado Springs in 1971, this is a relatively little known fly pattern that can be tied to imitate several insect species. Generally thought of as an attractor pattern, but it does a decent job as a caddis or stonefly, and if tied small enough any number of mayflies.

This pattern is the first in my series from Dave Hughes 1986 “American Fly Tying Manual” and was also featured in Terry Hellekson’s 1976 book “Popular Fly Patterns.”

Hook: #6-16 dry fly
Thread: Brown
Tail: Peccary or moose
Body: Hare's mask fur
Hackle: Brown palmered
Wing: Deer body hair

Author: Matt O