The Henryville Special, original version ("No Name")

Recipe:                     Hook: Standard dry fly hook, sizes 12 to 20

                                Thread: Black

                                Rib: Grizzly Hackle, Palmered

                                Body: Red Floss

                                Underwing: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

                                Wing: Gray Duck Quill

                                Head Hackle: Dark Ginger

Step 1


Start the thread on the hook at the eye and create a thread base to the bend. Tie in a length of red floss and a grizzly hackle. As this is a dry fly, tie in the grizzly hackle by the butt end. The barbs of the grizzly hackle should be roughly equal to the gape of the hook.


Step 2


Wrap the floss up the shank to create the body. Tie off the floss well behind the eye of the hook, about 2 eye lengths or a little more behind the eye. This will leave enough room to mount the wings and apply the head hackle.


Step 3


Now wrap the grizzly hackle in palmer fashion over the floss and secure it at the front of the floss body, trimming away the excess. Use your scissors to trim the hackle barbs from the top of the hook, creating a “V” shaped opening on which the wing can be mounted unhindered by hackle barbs.


Step 4


Tie in a few lemon wood duck fibers at the front of the body as an underwing. These fibers should lay nearly flat along the shank of the hook and should extend a bit beyond the bend of the hook. Note that in the classic version of the Henryville, the wood duck fibers extend farther beyond the quill wing than in the contemporary version, so gauge your length accordingly.


Step 5


Take a pair of grey duck quills and cut a pair of matching slips to use as the wings. Place the slips back to back so their curves cancel each other out and tie them on over the wood duck fibers tent style so that they embrace the wood duck fibers. I like to tie the wing in with the tips of the slips curving up, although some versions I’ve seen are tied with the tips curving down.

Mount them according to your preference. The wing should extend to the bend of the hook. Trim away any excess and use several wraps of thread to bind down any remaining debris to create a smooth thread base on which to tie the head hackle.


Step 6


Tie in a ginger hackle by the butt end in front of the wing. The barbs of this hackle should be about 1 ½ times the gape of the hook. Make 3 or 4 wraps of this hackle in touching turns to create a head hackle. Whip finish and cement, and your classic Henryville Special is ready for action!