Size #10 Dull Suprise, most likely tied by Joseph Meyer
The Dull Surpise is indeed pleasant; this fly was
introduced to me by Joseph Meyer of One
More Cast Fly Shop, when he gave me probably a dozen to try
on my first trip to Pennsylvania. It's basically a beadhead estaz
Pheasant Tail (PT) Nymph. Unfortunately, I spilled my fly box and
most of the Dulls ended up underneath ASM's deck! I did manage to
save a couple, although the only fish landed to date on the dull
surprise have been chubs.
Not to fret, I recently tied up a couple dozen
more because the pattern really has caught my eye. The only unusual
part of this fly is tying the body if you've never done a PT Nymph.
When you tie in the tail, use the longest pheasant tail fibers you
can find. Tie in the tips, and then later you'll wrap the fibers
around the hook to form the body. When you get to the point of the
hook where you will start the thorax (estaz) you tie off the PT
fibers on the top of the hook to stand roughly vertically. Later
on you'll pull these fibers forward over the estaz to form the wingpad.
A couple final notes; I've found the silver bead
heads to be more difficult to find; actually found them in the tackle
building section of Bass Pro. Also, Estaz or Cactus Chennile comes
in a couple sizes; I use med. for the size #10 that I've been tying,
or you can go to the small size for flies probably under #12.
Hook - 3X long straight eye curved nymph hook
Thread - 8/0 tan
Tail - Pheasant tail fiber tips
Body - Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing (OPTIONAL) - I've been adding fine silver ultrawire ribbing
to my ties
Thorax - Olive Estaz
Wingpad - Pheasant tail fibers
Legs - Pheasant tail fiber tips
Head - Silver Bead