Ruddy Fly, Berners

Midge Flies
No-Hackle Sidewinder   English fly
  American dry fly. It is also called No-Hackle Dun or Sidewinder for short. It was named so by Dave Whitlock, because the wing is tied at the side of a hook shank.
  The base of this pattern is a No-Hackle pattern (tied by Rene Harrop) which appeared in the book "Selective Trout" (1975) written by Doug Swisher and Carl Richards. Rene Harrop and Mike Lawson made improvements later on, and the final pattern was the collaborative work of four people. Compared with an early pattern, the wing was moved backward, the back angle of inclination of the wing became strong, and the width of the lower half of the wing became larger. Backward movement of the wing improved the balance of fly, and the enlarged lower half of the wing increased the area touching the water for better floatation (Information told by Rene Harrop on 2000/12/12).
The reality of the fly is extremely high and it demonstrates its power on slick water such as a spring creek. Fly material is simple and sparse. It is a simplified, beautiful masterpiece that had all excessive components clipped off, something that may recall a spirit of Zen.
  Regrettably, the fly is very hard to tie. The author, as well as many anglers have purchased some that are made by the Harrop family. In addition, when the wing is doubled it is a called Double Winged Sidewinder, and it is said that it then becomes more durable and floats better. The tying becomes more difficult, and Harrop, now in his late age, cannot tie it any longer.
Tying Material Color xx page.
hook: Mustad 94833, TMC 5230, # 13 -20
thread: match the body color
tail: hackle fiber, split
body: rabbit fur
wing: gray duck quill
ReferenceSelective trout, 1975. Fly tyer's almanac, 1975.
selective trout, Double Winged Sidewinder, No Hackle Fly, Doug Swisher, Carl Richards
Selected Headings

Head Stream of Oigawa River

Oigawa headwaters are the dream river for Japanese anglers.
Shizuoka Pref., Japan.