Steve Dally's White River Fly Fishing Guide Service

Knowles’ Y2K

This attractor pattern is extremely effective and extremely notorious. I have some buddies who even refuse to acknowledge it’s very name. Arkansas tier David Knowles whose Ruby Midges we may cover later, is very good at producing patterns which catch fish. The Y2K is probably the least classic of these and most commercially successful _ go figure.

But while many describe it as an easy egg pattern, we prefer the label attractor. I tied bunches of these before they became commercially available through Umpqua and I still get asked to demonstrate it a lot. Its a simple fly but easy to screw up.

NB:  Just how easy to screw up became evident at a recent viewing of the video. Some bozo didn’t make sure the 2 strands of egg yarn were equal in diameter. Don’t make the same mistake. Eventually I’ll get around to reshooting this.

David’s original fly was Fl orange and Fl Yellow, but over the year’s I came to prefer a Fl Orange/Fl Chartruese combo, or for Dry Run Creek, a Pale Pink/White combo. The secret to getting the latter combination is to sit Fl Pink Egg Yarn on the dash of your vehicle for a few weeks, until the sun bleaches it out.

Love it or hate it this fly has become a White River standard, and some days it will out fish a lot of other more natural patterns.

There are a couple of tying tips. Split the egg yarn stands, use around 1/2 a strand on a 12. Too much yarn and your sink rate will be awful, make them sparse. Don’t use McFly Foam or similar products, Wapsi Egg Yarn gives the best result. Oh and again make the two strands of equal thickness. I also see a lot of ties too long and too full, use the bend of the hook as your guide when trimming

Hook: TMC 2457 12-14 or similar. We used to use 206BLs at the Dam Store but I prefer a stouter hook

Bead: Gold (or colored) brass bead to suit hook size. Lead wraps are optional

Thread: UTC 140 FL Orange or similar

Body: 2 colors Wapsi Egg Yarn, trimmed.

3 responses

  1. Pingback: Fly Tying Video - The Y2K « Mountain River Journal Weblog

  2. bill hartlage

    what is the approx. dia. of a y2k tied on a #14 scud hook
    @ 1/4 of a strand?

    October 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

  3. Approx, 1/3 to 1/2 depending on your tastes, and the particular strand.
    Thanks bill

    October 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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