This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Hackle Stacker, a style of fly developed by Bob Quigley in the late 1980’s.

Quigleys PMD Hackle Stacker |

Bob fished the Hackle Stacker in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The fly utilizes a paraloop technique by winding the hackle around a flexible post of some type. The fly above is a size 16 PMD Hackle Stacker utilizing a loop of tying thread for the post.

The fly could imitate emergers, cripples, or duns. I’d like to be a fish for a couple of hours to really understand what they see and why they choose or don’t choose to eat my fly.

The other Bob Quigley fly you may recognize if the Quigley Cripple, a Throw Back Thursday Fly I posted last year.

This week’s post entitled PMDs Hatching Again got me thinking about this fly. I better tie up a few more and fish them later this week!

Perhaps I should tie a few Green Drake Hackle Stackers for my favorite river…

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. John,
    Great fly…Bob taught me to tie this fly on the Fall River, Calif. Eric and I fished with him and got the drive around cooks tour of the area along with a history lesson. Bob is missed but not forgotten.

  2. Bob had large hands and fingers. Watching him tie this fly was no less than amazing. We all miss Bob.

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