personally and generally speaking, i think that trying to match a hatch is about as much of a
pain in the a** curse as i can stand and that’s why non-specific generalist patterns always get my preference but wait ! that doesn’t have much to do with today’s just-out and great tying tutorial by Matthew Pate, sorry… 😆
so… these cursed things have a name; caenis, and even if they’re still in the same Ephemeroptera order, they’re not in the same family as tricos but it doesn’t really matter in practical terms because the pattern below will be just effective in imitating either one. yup, it’s a two-for-one imitation and that should make it interesting for a lot of anglers around the globe.
these bugs are size 18 and below teeny-tiny and when tying teeny-tiny flies there isn’t a whole lot of room for minute and mostly completely unnecessary detail so the idea is to stick to the essentials and there’s three things common to both caenis and tricos: short, stumpy wings, slender abdomens and loooong tails.
tying-wise, it’s a straight, simple no-fuss pattern with two main ingredients: Pardo fibres for the tail and Aero wing for the… wing.
you can make the same pattern with substitute materials but given the fly’s size and more importantly, lack of material volume, it might have a hard time staying on the surface. as a reminder, Aero wing has hollow fibres and Pardo tends to be just a little stiffer than regular cock hackle fibres. both of those details tend to mean better floatation over a longer period.
as for the heron herl and how hard or even illegal it might be to procure, you’ll probably have to substitute for something else but don’t fret as any other bird’s fibre will do the job and so will fine dubbing.
nuff’ said. here’s the tutorial, enjoy !