one fish, two fish, three fish, eight !

a Reversed-Parachute Midge Emerger
the other day we had an article, step-by-step and tutorial video on Roy Christie’s fantabulous Reverse-Parachute emerger and while viewing it again the idea of incorporating Roy’s hackle and thorax design to an emerging midge abdomen lit up and this is what came out of it.

this is a size 16 copy of the original, the first one having been selfishly brought home by some overly-excited slimy brute, Mister Nine.

the title of this post kinda says it all but it was rather a special moment so here goes again. it’s pretty rare that a fly gets so much attention on it’s first try , specially without additional tweaking.
so, first cast with the new pattern = first fish. second cast = second fish, third cast, ditto. in the excitement i lost count but one of the trout jumped out of the water to take the fly on the way back down, making an enormous big splash, instant and automatic hook-up while having me WooP-WooooP for all to hear.
now, i  rarely WooP-WooooP but this kind of fishy action is as good as it gets !  i’m pretty sure the only ones who heard it where a local gang of crows but i’m also sure that just like me they’ll never forget. Mister Nine kept it for his own collection and the special half hour moment ended.

another one size 18 with it’s little dropper nymph size 20 to hang just below the emerger-

made with:
hook- Maruto C47 BL #14 – 20
thread/abdomen- Veevus 8/0 black. tied in ‘ messylumpy’ because ‘messylumpy’ is well, sexy…
rib & hackle loop- Maxima nylon tippet 4 lbs brown
dubbing/thorax- Mad Rabbit natural & black with a few drops of peacock Hends Specta
hackle- genetic saddle ginger

for the hackling method click the link at the top of the page and don’t be intimidated if you’re trying this out for the first time. it’s a lot easier than it may first appear, enjoy !

10 thoughts on “one fish, two fish, three fish, eight !

    • i don’t cast at trees so it must have been Mr. Nine since he stole the fly and therefore was never netted. elementary !

      • yeah, got that. it’s the ” Mister Eight kept it for his own collection and the special half hour moment ended” part that bothers me.
        do you suggest that Nine is just a thief working for Eight, the brain behind the case?

  1. Hi, Marc, that is how it is supposed to work.
    That fly is virtually identical to the first series I designed for the lakes at Walthamstow in the early ’70’s
    Don’t forget to grease the hackle, degrease the tippet…

    oh, and re-tie the fly after each seventh fish
    all the best from Armoy, N.Ireland

  2. haha ! 😆
    early 70’s ?! you can’t possibly be that old, mate !… :mrgreen:

    i’d love to see some pics of your version if possible ?

  3. Sorry Marc, no pics, I could tie one, just like yours 🙂
    Mine got stolen by the ninth fish.
    Old, I’m retired now Marc, out to grass.. and I thought I had another 100 years, like you

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