The Half & Half fly is a must fly for any saltwater angler. This fly combines two of the most popular and deadly flies: Bob Clouser’s Clouser Minnow and Lefty Kreh’s Deciever. The fly has great movement from both the hackle in the back and the lead eyes in the front. The position of the lead dumbell eyes allow the hook to ride pointing up.
If I could only have one saltwater fly, this would be it. This fly can be fished in the salt or in fresh water. Last memorial day at Brant Lake, NY, I hooked up with pickerel, small and large mouth bass, trout, and crappie with a small all grey Half & Half. Many version exist and once you get the hang of it you can create your own to suit local baitfish conditions.
Here is a recipe for a simple Half & Half
Hook: Any Size
Thread: White Danville 210 Denier
Eyes: Red Lead Dumbbell
Tail: White Saddle Hackle
Body: White and Pink Bucktail
Start your tying thread at the eye of the hook and work to the half way point of the shank, then come back half way to the 3/4 position on the hook shank. Build up a small thread bump to put your dumbbell eyes.
Tie in your dumbbell eyes using figure eight wraps.
Work you tying thread to the back of the hook shank and tie in your saddle hackle. I used two saddle hackles but most used up to six. After you tie in and clip your saddle hackles, take your tying thread back up to the front of the hook shank.
Clip off a clump of white bucktail that is just a little less then the length from the hook eye to the end of the saddle hackles. Tie in the buck tail in front of the dumbbell eyes. Then bring your tying thread behind the dumbbell eyes and take a few wraps to bring down the bucktail behind the dumbbell eyes.
Take the fly out of the vise and put it back into the vise upside down. Clip a clump of colored bucktail that is same length as the first bunch. Tie in the clump in front of the dumbbell eyes. You don’t need to bring the tying thread all the way against the eyes. You want the space for the epoxy that will hold it all together and make it more durable in the salt.
Whip finish and apply epoxy in front and around the dumbbell eyes and then go fishing!
Once you get the basic Half & Half down you can add flash and create different variations. This is a great saltwater and freshwater fly that has taken over 20 species of fish for me.