The Comparadun series of no-hackle dry flies were developed by Caucci and Nastasi in the 1970s using a hair wing tied in a 180° flair. They are very effective patterns in slow-moving clear water where an imitative (as opposed to impressionistic) pattern is needed.
Comparaduns are one of the most versatile mayfly patterns in existence representing a low-riding mayfly to near perfection. They are commonly used during a PMD (pale morning dun) hatch. The fly we will be tying is Davie McPhail’s ‘Double Decker”. This is a relatively straight forward fly to tie and wont break your budget ….you may have the material in your tying kit.
- Hook – size 14
- Thread – 8/0 to match your dubbing
- Tail – Microfibets, antron or Coq de Leon fibres (use pheasant tail if that’s all you have)
- Body – Olive or any other natural dry fly dubbing
- Wing – Deer Hair
- Deer Hair Stacker – you can borrow other tyer’s stacker if you don’t have one