Fly Tying- Two Grey Things

Things, because they’re both fairly nondescript trout-type patterns. one floats, the other doesn’t, meaning they eventually could both be used at the same time and Grey, well, because that’s what its been like here lately in the Sunny South of France…greycanal m.fauvet-TLC 14-5-16
also, some fish can’t make up their minds if they’re in the mood for something completely black or completely white so here’s the chance to give them something(s) that’s right in between.

first up is a Grey Heron Nymph by Matthew Pate. herons are a protected species in many countries and therefore its illegal to sell and buy their feathers but if you’re lucky, you’ll find one (feather) laying about on a river or lake bank. as noted in the video, you could also buy a fishery that attracts herons to increase the chances of getting your hands on a feather or two once in a while.
option two seems like a pia and option one is really haphazard so some good substitutes might be goose shoulder, assorted pheasant body feathers and marabou. personally, i like to use marabou as the little fibres that stand away from the wound body make micro-movements when the fly’s at work. maybe the fish don’t care but i think its cool.

second Thing is an emerging Midge Pupae from Simon at HacklesAndWings. nice, simple, generic and grey; me like.
(hmmm, first time i saw this tutorial i could have sworn the midge wasn’t so olivey. either it yellowed over time or my vision’s bleaking ? anyhow, good thing i don’t swear)

… enjoy !

Caenis Ins and Outs

see-nis frombelow m.fauvet:TLC 7-6-15we already know this gorgeous little creature has several functions:

– firstly and most importantly, it gets us all excited when we see one. it makes us stop whatever it was we where doing (even if that something was fun), run over and grab a rod and do what’s natural for us fly fishers: have more fun than what normal people consider as fun.
– it also means that the environment where these wee things came from is in pretty good shape. as an example, the bug above was born right next to my house on the Canal du Midi, a green, warm and rather slimy-looking waterway that’s been enjoying a rather drastic decrease in pollutants of all kinds in recent years.
as well as the all-time standard chironomids one would expect to see in waters like this, there’s also been a great increase of caddis and damsels with all of them keeping the house martins, swifts and of course fish busy and happy and not to get all mushy, but that all makes me happy too.

but there’s a lot more to these bugs, here’s some maybe not-so-commonly known facts about our little friends. let’s start with the out’s, the kind of info that takes up unnecessary brain disk-space while remaining amusing.

caenis scrabble
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no self-respecting fly fisher would be caught dead playing a word game that doesn’t accept real and important words so, this shouldn’t be a problem)

out of the 160 or so different types of caenidae, some of them have interesting monikers such as:
Caenis amica well known for being the friendliest of the species.
Caenis bella for having won a beauty contest when he was oversees.
Caenis catherinae because it’s the sweetest of the family thus named after my Mémé Catherine.
Caenis cornuta because she either has a horn or her boyfriend is cheating on her.
Caenis hilaris this one’s good at telling jokes.
Caenis latipennis your guess is as good as mine…
Caenis moe from the Three Stooges.
Caenis oculta named after Abby the Goth Girl.
and Caenis robusta for its insatiable desire for strong, bittery coffee.

to conclude the pointless part of this post here are caenis anagrams.
caenis anagrams
(those are really boring words. best to stick to the original as much as possible… )

and now for the in, a little something all fishers can really benefit from: how to pronounce what’s probably the most ill-pronounced bug on the planet !
caenis pronounced
and if that doesn’t make sense, it’s SeeNiss and not KayNiss !

a big thanks to buddy, all-round cool guy, fellow Barrio Fly Lines Pro-Team member and language stickler/Lineslinger Will Shaw for reminding me of my own pronunciation deficiencies. yes, i used to be a Kaynisser
for more pointless caenissy info click either text block. enjoy !

an adult chironomid

freshly hatched from the Canal du Midi right here at TLC-HQ, this little thing’s total body length is about 5mm long.

adult midge m.fauvet:tlc 3-5-14

true, fish will usually see these tidbits from underneath as chironomids/midges finish their final transformation from emerger to completed adult at the water’s surface but a) the canal isn’t very inviting swim-wise, b) it’s cold and rainy outside and c) i have no idea where my swim trunks are and d) i don’t feel like scaring the little girls that just moved in next door…

anyway, i always consider it a treat to see the delicate beauty of these creatures but also on practical terms, as fly tiers this image can help us with details, proportions and to highlight how sunlight shows through them and maybe give us a better idea how to translate all that to our flies.
with a similarly replicating ‘looking up towards the sky’ fish’s perspective, the bug was completely backlit when the image was taken. note that every part except for the darkest are translucent.
of interest as well are the slender micro feather-like breathers, big eye(s), hefty thorax and slender abdomen and the legs are as long as the body. to me it’s not about tying hyper-realistic flies but of gathering the essential trigger points that make great fishing flies, not flies that catch fishers.

sure, depending on which area of the world you’re in, midges can and will be of very different sizes in hook terms, say, from a size 8 to size 28 and while this one’s green they’ll also be found in various tones of red, black, yellow and who knows what else, but these bugs all basically have the same details and proportions.
generally speaking, tie your midge patterns skinny and airy and you’ll most certainly catch more fish !

Bastilling’

funny how outside of France today is called Bastille day but here it’s just ‘Fête Nationale'(national holiday)…
anyhow, being B-day and all, tonight, all the french cities will have fireworks and countless frenchmen will be ‘Ooooing and ‘Ahhhhing speechlessly for at least an hour. a nice break from the usual mundane frenchitudes as far as i’m concerned.

anyhow again. you’re probably thinking so what ? and i most certainly won’t fault you for that but here’s the interesting part. (sort of)
i happen to live in a strange city that does their fireworks on the 13th instead. in this year’s case i’m guessing it was about celebrating Saturday or maybe pre-B-day or who knows what so, as a preview of coming events that happened yesterday here’s some boom-boom shot from the Cobra Terrace overlooking the Canal du Midi. *

'Bastilling TLC 14-7-13* there’s a water connection after-all 😉

 

Happy Birthday !!!

what an interesting date to celebrate The Limp Cobra’s first birthday.

friends and readers, thank you so much for not only stopping by but coming back and coming back regularly.
modesty keeps me from stating statistics figures but those numbers are amazingly high for a little fly fishing blog.
i couldn’t be happier and gut feeling tells me this next year will be even better.

here’s a little boom-boom from last July’s fireworks on the Canal du Midi for you !

CatSeussFish

“One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish. Black fish. Cat fish. Old fish. New fish. This one has a little star. This one has a little car. Say! What a lot of fish there are.” Dr. Seuss

 

met this swarm of baby catfish late at night when taking a stroll along the Canal du Midi while visiting the family. there where maybe thousands of them just swirling around in clouds under a lamp post, fin-loose and fancy free.