Ron McQuay the originator of the Anna "K" is a fly tier, guide, and a fixture in the fly fishing world on the White River and Norfork Rivers near Mountain Home, Arkansas. Ron is one of those guy's that knows fly fishing; when Ron speaks, people listen. Ron developed the Anna "K" to use as an emerger pattern to imitate the caddis hatch in the area. However, the fly can be used as a blue-gill or panfish fly. The Anna "K" is named after his granddaughter, but it's anything but a child's fly.

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TMC 102Y, size 17 or TMC 100, size 16
8/0 Uni-Thread, Black
Black Superfine Dubbing
Pearl Midge Flash
Soft Hackle:
Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle or Partridge
Kreinic Metallic Thread or Wapsi Mini Sparkle Braid

Tying Instructions

  1. Mount the hook
  2. Start thread and lay a base the length of the shank.
  3. At about 1/3 of the shank length behind the eye tie on a piece of the Kreinic body material and secure it with thread wraps to a point on the shank above the barb.
  4. Bring the thread to the front of the hook. Wrap the Kreinic body material forward to a point about 1/3 of the shank length behind the eye and tie off. Clip the excess body material
  5. Using the black superfine dubbing, create a small ball of dubbing in front of the body material. This ball of dubbing will help flair the hackle.
  6. Tie on a few strands of Pearl Midge Flash directly in front of the dubbing ball for wings. Clip the strands the length of the shank.
  7. Prepare and tie on the soft hackle. Make one or two wraps of soft hackle and tie off. Make a couple of wraps of thread over the hackle back towards the ball of dubbing to further flair the soft hackle
  8. Form a nice head, whip finish and cement.


The Anna K can be tied using various colors of Kreinic Thread (can be found at most Yarn Shops), but the most effective seems to be olive, black and yellow.


Fishing Techniques

Ron said, "I've fished the fly in a dead drift cast upstream, and as a down-and-across "wet fly" sort of presentation. When doing the down-across on a streaam such as Black Earth Creek, I cast while standing on one bank across to the opposite bank and allow the fly to cross through the flow back to my side. If I don't get a hit after a few casts, I take a step downstream and do it all again."