Tak’s Baetis Emerger

“any fish that wouldn’t find this sexy just doesn’t deserve to be caught”

taks_baetis_emerger i overheard that quote stream-side years ago but it’s hard to find a better use for it than with this fly designed by Rick Takahashi.


here’s a sweet  version of Rick’s pattern in this great tutorial  from INTHERIFFLE.COM

don’t let this fly’s name fool you (at least the baetis part) as a little color and size tweaking will turn it into an equally effective whatever-mayfly.
for the original recipe on Hans Weilenmann’s Danica.com click the pic at the top of the page.
Tak’s image courtesy of AlpineAnglers

Sparkle Dun variant

by Hans Weilenmann

it’s hard not to like this one. the deer hair will keep it afloat in fast waters and it’s smaller sunken body and shuck will get a lot of attention in calmer currents. relatively easy to tie and chock full of key emerger elements, this low sitting fly is just the ticket for any salmonid. vary sizes and colors to suit your water. enjoy !

Tying the Klinkhamer Special with Davie McPhail.

Davie’s tying videos are always a treat. chock full of tying tips and tricks, the careful observer will discover a lot more than what’s being explained verbally.

designed by Hans Van Klinken,  the Klinhammer is one of the most original, creative and well thought out flies there is.

it’s easy to tie.

it’s easy to cast.

it’s easy to see on the water.

it imitates whatever you want it to imitate very well.

it catches a lot of fish, all sorts of fish and just about anywhere. 

hard to beat, huh ? it’s all good.


a low-floating dry fly made with: vintage Partridge barbless dry size 18, medium Pardo fiber tail splayed fan-style around the hook shank, wound picary body, grizzly hackle clipped underneath for a ‘Comparadunish’ silhouette with a few trimmed fibers to give an impression of legs but not long enough to destabilize or raise the fly above the surface of the water.  yummy !

*this article was previously posted on The Limp Cobra’s first platform

scruffy ‘merger

a scruffy mayfly emerger i’ve been experimenting with for the last year or so. a mixture of floating and sinking elements make it seem ‘trapped’ in the surface film.

scruffiness, asymmetry and a general appearance of fly-tying incompetency are important aspects for this type of emerger as the naturals are in what i like to call “a state of explosion” with bits and pieces of shuck, wings, trapped bubbles, legs and you name it here and there, a far cry from the perfect adult.
so far, i’ve tried them out in the UK, France and Sweden with good success. i’ll usually start off by applying floatant to the fanned-out hackle and tail, fishing it in the surface film. when it starts to sink a little i switch over to a wet fly across-stream technique. just for the fun of it, i’ve dredged them deep on a dropper behind beadhead nymphs and they work just as well !