Here is the fly pattern sheet for the St Joe Favorite, developed for the St Joe river in Idaho.
Daiichi 1180, size 10 – 18
Danville 70 denier, black
Golden Pheasant tippets
Bright green wool (chartreuse) or chartreuse floss
Matched sections of gray mallard quill slips
- Begin thread on hook behind eye and cover shank to 1/2 way point. Return to 1/3 mark.
- Select matching sections of mallard quill about 1/2 hook gape.
- Align tips and hold over eye, equal to hook shank. Points should extend away from each other.
- Tie in with a soft thread wrap and pull thread up, slowly allowing thread to circle hook and wing. Add several more thread wraps to secure, winding towards tail.
- Select Golden Pheasant tippet, measure about hook shank in length and tie in.
- Tie in body material at tail tie-in point if using wool. Wind forward covering 2/3 of shank. If using floss, tie in behind wing and wind back to tail and forward to tie off point.
- Select grizzly hackle and tie in.
- Wind thread forward and lift wing upright. Use several thread wraps to stand wing upright. Wrap thread with figure 8 between wings to separate and move thread forward to one eye length behind hook eye.
- Wrap hackle forward with 3 wraps behind and 2 wraps in front of wing. Tie off hackle a clip waste.
- Make small head and whip finish.