I fish mostly small mountain streams during the summer which means attractors work well any time. Probably the biggest decision I have to make is how large of a fly can I get away with and can I see the fly. The hackle collar and the elk hair keep this fly floating. The quill body rides lower in the film.
My vision did get a little worse this season and I have to say, the darker colored hackle in this size 16 fly made it a little hard to spot at a distance, the lighter elk hair helped. It caught plenty of fish. In the future, I'll probably tie it with the lightest color elk hair or deer hair I can find and a few turns of a white hackle feather up front.
Hook: Dry fly hook size 14-16
Thread: 8/0 Olive Green
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Quill from peacock dyed light olive, herl removed with an eraser
Wing - Elk Hair
Hackle: 5 turns of orange grizzly hackle, trimmed flat on bottom