- Hook: Size 12 to 16, 2x long nymph hook
- Thread: 6/0 black
- Tail: brown saddle hackle or mallard flank
- Body: Peacock herl
- Hackle: Brown saddle hackle
- Wing: Mallard flank
Fish it dry, fish it wet, or fish as an emerger, the DMc Brown Hackle Peacock, along with my Buzzcut Scud, live at the top of my freshwater nymph box. When trout are taking emerging nymphs just below the surface, whether they are mayflies, midges or caddis, this is the fly that you want.
It doesn’t matter what species of mayflies or what type of caddis is emerging, this fly will get hit. The best presentation for searching stillwater is to allow the fly to sink just below the surface and retrieve it slowly.
When trout are being picky, reduce your tippit down to 5- or 6-X and let the fly sink as deep as possible. When you suspect that a trout is in the vacinity, make a long slow pull on the fly line. This will cause the fly to rise toward the surface like an emerging nymph.