ok, not really but this video sure reminds me of them.
“Most mayflies lay their eggs immediately after mating; the eggs then take anywhere from 10 days to many months to hatch. Cloeon cognatum is an exception. This species is ovoviviparous, which means that a mated female holds her eggs internally until embryonic development is complete (about 18 days), after which she lays them in water and they hatch immediately. This female was dropped onto the water surface moments before the video started.”
Video credit: David H. Funk
the magic starts to happen after a minute. enjoy !
should you not remember Sea Monkeys, you can find out about them here.
at an estimated 4mm body length it wasn’t the easiest thing to get so close to the beast without it flying off and away but some encouraging words followed with promises of some fresher Gouda kept it a bay long enough to get a somewhat decent shot to be able observe this fish-food’s key elements to be later transposed to imitations of adult chironomids.
apart from getting proportionally slimmer, it’s interesting to note that the adult’s body stays basically the same as in it’s pupal stage. the breathers, antennae and other leggy-wingy goodies are quite delicate and beautiful, transforming it from the Alieny thing below into a mini fairy.
pupa image via Google Images
pronounced: Pweeek in french or in this case, Pine Squirrel Streamer in mid-western.
anyway, whatever you call it means fish. lots of fish. i have no idea who originally came up with the pattern but that person deserves a monument just like the person who invented the bed does !
having come across this basic pattern years ago as a staple for colder-weather stillwater fishing and usually fished with a sinking line, playing around with the pattern, adding weight in front or along the shank to vary the swim or a fold-over foam piece in the front to make it float and wobble even more makes this a bread and butter fly for just about any kind of fish in just about any kind of water.
for a slimmer profile use rabbit strips, for a chunkier aspect go for the pine squirrel as on the video. probably one of the least expensive flies to tie, it’s well worth diversifying components and profiles and have a good selection of them to cast to the fish. follow the basic pattern described below and they all will work and they’ll all work very well. enjoy !
‘was playing around with the Gum Drop pattern and for some inexplicable reason these came out pink…
the construction is the same except for the eyes. these ones are also bead-chain based but the glaucoma effect was made by moulding little pieces of silvery plastic film, heating them (several times because most of the time it changed shape too much…) to take on the small bead’s shape, gluing them on and then covering the lot with milky -white paper glue and then covered with BugBond. it’s much too much work for fishing flies but i do like the effect.