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 !

Fly Tying- More than an Egg

we’ve taken the egg tying route before with the standard egg yarn design- the Good side of Clowns and a pretty darn realistic, resin-based- a Perfect Embryo.
most tiers would leave it at that and consider their eggy needs complete but this recent video by Matthew Pate takes the egg yarn technique to another level and its brilliant and super-easy.

the concept here was to make a softer egg and the technique is very-very similar to how we would use deer hair, both in its application and consequent trimming to shape. Matthew’s tutorial shows us not only a really nifty way to make an egg imitation but what i’m also and maybe mostly seeing is a really-really cool way to make streamer heads, bodies or other fly shapes that can be trimmed to any form and will shed water easily making casting a piece of eggy cake.

the creative tier might have already figured out that by alternating different coloured bundles of egg yarn we’ll get a barred-bodied effect. other options might be including flashy synthetics here and there and, and, and, it seems like using the same technique can lead to myriad results: the egg yarn’s the limit.
once again, brilliant stuff. enjoy !

Fly Tying- The Angler’s Curse

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 !