Fly Tying- Jasper’s Carrot

if we take a quick look at the fly below we’ll see a really nice looking pattern but we also might think ‘nice but old hat’. now, if we take a look at the video and pay close attention to how it was made we’ll notice two super-duper easy-peasy tricks to get it just right and gorgeous and the second easy-peasy part just might bring some tiers over to the winged wet world where they might have been put off by the more traditional fuss and muss of having to pair left and right feather wing slips.

first up, the use of a two-toned Pearsall’s Gossimer thread
wound in touching turns down the hook shank then back up and that’s it. all the colour separation segmentation trigger points a fly and its tier could ever want or need in one simple step.
using the very same abdomen technique for standard non-winged wets, nymphs, emergers or dries instantly comes to mind. should you need a bulkier or asymmetric body simply create a base with standard thread and cover over with the silk. simples.

secondly- this is where this tutorial is absolutely brilliant !
construction of the wing itself using a single covert feather that’s tied on in one piece without having to deal with slips. put simply, you can’t go wrong and that’s a real bonus for those who like it sweet and simple and don’t have the patience for a possible wrong. i have no idea if Davie came up with the idea himself but i and i’m sure many others will be grateful he shared this great tip once they’ve checked out the vid and tried it out for themselves. enjoy !

Isonychia-ing

Isonychia Emerger from Matt Grobert  via Tightline Productions

Isonychia… cool name.

torn somewhere between the desire to go fish these critters in their home waters and lavishly repeating that word in some lovely redhead’s ear, i guess for today we’ll (well, i’ll… ) have to just enjoy this creature and tying video from afar.

Primarily an East coast, Midwest (US) insect, this rather handsome emerging ‘Slate Drake’ pattern is simply awesome by it’s simplicity, sturdiness and general profile. in a sense, a mayfly is a mayfly is a mayfly and as such, by changing colors and sizes, the basic pattern will make an all-over all-around great emerger for any waters.

as always, the Mat Grobert/Tim Flagler team make an excellent tutorial displaying excellent technique and know-how well worth paying special attention to.

 ” Their nymphs are among of the fastest-swimming mayflies in the world. They can power their way through fast riffles with ease, and their imitations should be fished with fast twitches.

They are unique among mayflies in that they have extra tuft-shaped gills at the base of their fore legs, a structure normally found in stoneflies. ”

images and nymph quote from TroutNut.com. be sure to click either pic for more info on this sexy bug. enjoy !

Fly Tying Tutorials- the Silver Invicta

The Invicta was originally known as The Pride of Devon, The Silver Invicta is a variation of the original Invicta fly pattern. The Invicta Caddis wet fly pattern was first mentioned in James Ogden’s book “Ogden on fly tying” which was published in 1879.

that’s 136 years of being a classic fly that not only greatly appeals to fly fishing and tying history buffs but more importantly, to fish. designed to imitate a drowned caddis with its long wing and hackles that imitates legs and a yellow tail to probably imitate eggs, this pattern also works very well as a small bait imitation. primarily designed with still waters in mind used with various retrieves or ‘dead-drifted’ across a wind-swept feeding lane, i’ve had great success with this fly in rivers fished either across with little steady pulls of the line or with the standard ‘down-and-across’ swing.
sure to raise a few hackles from the purists and spurred from the at-the-time reluctance/apprehension i had to try to include matched wing slips to my flies, i’ve had great success by replacing said wing with marabou, fox hair, fine deer hair, swiss straw or simply taking a bunch of fibres from a feather that ‘looks about right’, folding them once or twice and tying the lot on top. although matched wing slips are beautiful at the vise or in the box and are a great way to get a lot of Facebook likes… i’m personally convinced they offer no ‘fishable’ advantage as they’ll just get matted and out of that lovely shape once wet and specially after a fish or two have nibbled on it for a bit.

as always with Davie McPhail’s tutorials, today’s treat not only shows how to tie this lovely Invicta properly but there’s also several tying tips and tricks that transfer over to many-many other patterns. enjoy !

 

Floating Flies and How to Dress Them

by Fredric M. Halford 1886 via Thefishingmuseum.org

halford 1

cold, depressed by closed rivers and the oncoming xmas onslaught ? here’s a little something that should distract you for at least a little while. regular readers will already know of my lack of affection for this Halford character but that doesn’t mean that he was all bad. the book is after all a classic and well worth the read, specially at work or hidden away in a back room during family festivities.

halford 2

see ? anyone that says grayling are silly can’t be all bad. click either image to access the complete online book. enjoy !

Davie’s Black Cricket

Davie McPhail’s been recently upgrading a lot of his youtube tying videos to HD and as we say here in the south of France:
‘zat’s f’n great’ !!!
so, to celebrate this high definition, on today’s menu we have a lovely and quite crunchy-munchy Black Cricket
Black Cricket

note that “It’s Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam that I used and not Thin Foam as I said in the video, sorry….” and as you’ll see in the video and even if it might not be the easiest thing to find, this particular foam is absolutely perfect for this type of patter. something worth hunting down.
otherwise here’s the recipe to make this too-cool bug.

Hook, size 10 dry fly
Thread, Uni 8/0 black
Tail, Dyed Black Turkey or Goose Biots
Body, Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam and Black Dubbing
Back, Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam
Legs, Dyed Black Turkey Biots and a Dyed Black Cock Hackle
Thorax Cover, Black Foam
Head, Black Dubbing
Horns, Dyed Black Pheasant Tail

and here’s the beast. enjoy !

on a personal note, the tier can certainly go and finish the fly just like Davie’s doing but apart from some long-stranded dubbing to tidy up the head at 8:40, i’d probably stop adding materials, whip finish and pull out the strands a bit to imitate the short front legs of the crunchy black beauty. either way its all good.

the CDC Bubble Sedge

cdc bubble sedge d. mcphail
here’s a fine example of a must-have trout fly. just like Frank Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail Nymph, in the sense that the basic design is just about the only style of nymph one would ever need, the CDC Bubble Sedge has everything an adult caddis imitation should have: shape, colour, proportions, a sense of transparency, buoyant in just the right way and lively, life-resembling materials all with the added bonus of being simple to tie.
just like the PTN, tie these in different sizes and eventually in different colour tones with maybe a touch of green or orange at the butt to imitate the female’s egg sack to match the local bugs and you can’t go wrong. enjoy !

getting down

from experience i tend to believe or rather, trust that drabber, more subdued natural-toned flies whether imitative or attractive catch more fish but that’s not always the case so it’s always worth having at least a few flash and bling flies hidden in the back of the box for when the ‘go-to’s’ aren’t getting the attention of our slimy friends.
in other words, these can make the difference between a trip that concluded with fish landed and a blank day.

in what’s at least in my eyes, a crossover of a Blob and fish egg pattern, this gaudy bit looks just the thing to wake up and hopefully raise an appetite or aggressive strike response from any trout-type fish within a 500 meter radius whether in flowing or stillwater pulled with varying speed retrieves. not bad for a fly that takes less than two minutes to put together. 
probably as a conditioned analysis, i can see this fly being equally effective in various or mixed tones of olive, brown or even black furnishings. hopefully today’s offering from The Rogue Fly will offend a few dry fly purists and inspire the rest to maybe tie something a little different to the end of their leader. enjoy ! 

Sexy-Floss BloodWorm

unsurprisingly, Davie’s new tie is the prettiest i’ve seen in the tailed-for-movement chironomid larvae imitation family but there’s more to it than just pretty. bloodworms, just like most of the different stages of the chironomid are translucent, chironomid_larvae_eric_lindsomething a lot of  other patterns sorely miss. they also wiggle/squirm back and forth a lot even when not going from one place to another and this is where adding a slinky/undulating marabou tail helps: fishing the fly static and letting the smallest currents in the lake or wind do the work instead of constantly retrieving the line and fly.

Chironomid_lifecycle

bugs of the same species can differ greatly from region to region and we’ll also notice that the chiro larvae goes through different stages, and more importantly for us, different sizes. bloodworms are typically red hence the name but as seen here  we’ll notice that various shades of olive, tans and grey are readily found so once again, different sizes and colours of this same pattern should cover you just about anywhere.

not a fancy fly for sure but then it says ‘eat me’ all over and it’s always a treat to watch Davie work his magic. enjoy !

click either bug image for its respective source

the Minnie Mouse No Hackle dry fly

by Davie McPhail

ok, Davie doesn’t mention anything about Ms. Mouse (as well as anyone else as far as i can tell… ) but, this style of fly always brings up images of her sexy bow-tie shaped head gear, something i’m sure  the trout are fond of in an equal manner. (that’s one of those  things i can’t explain but just is)

MinervaMouse2 if only she had a hook…

anyway, leaving aside the cutesy parts, what i mostly like about this fly is apart from the tail, it doesn’t look at all like a natural bug and yet we know it fools fish easily and it fools them a lot.
tying-tip-wise, were shown a really nice way to tie in and tame micro-fibbets and although we’ve seen it several times, Davie’s method of tying in and adjusting paired wing slips is always worthy of close attention. enjoy !

foam candy

in yet another great tying tutorial by Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions, here’s a simple, quick, inexpensive, visible, great silhouetted and very adaptable to suit your needs by varying colors and sizes grasshopper imitation: an all-gooder for sure.

personal note: i know they are very effective and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Tim’s super bug but i can’t help thinking how nice this pattern would look with some pretty darn-nice Hopper Legs  instead of those weird Rubber-Alien appendages… 😉

a winged, quilled, cormorant buzzer

by Davie McPhail

here’s a very good example of what first appears to be non-sensical hybridization and further proof that trying to understand why a fish will take an artificial fly over another is as futile an attempt as well, maybe trying to understand the meaning of life or maybe why i went out with any of my exes…
what we have on today’s tying tutorial menu is your basic, if not more realistic and finer made than most, buzzer, or chironomid/midge pupae imitation with a black, undulating ‘wing’ mounted on it’s back.  bugs in their pupal stage don’t have wings and for the sake of argument, even if they did they most certainly wouldn’t be black and wouldn’t do the sexy wigglings that a marabou wing does.

now for the weird part. i’m getting more and more convinced that it’s this tail and not so much the body of the fly that’s really getting the fish to take.
after doing a lot of experimenting over the last year or so with this basic idea with flies like these that where inspired by the upright-wing Clyde style of wets or other UK reservoir flies.  far from wanting to compare my flies to Davie’s, this winged aspect and purpose however fits in with the Cormorant/Buzzer variant in the video at the bottom of the post.

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anyhow, what remains is, a whole heck of a lot of fish have been brought to the net with these weirdly winged flies. next step will have me trying out flies with just a wing. the idea is the wing acts as an extended body with a nice generalist shape with lots of attractive movement making the traditional body obsolete. of course, the main objective is finding flies that greatly attract fish but it’s also an exercise in minimalist tying. i guess the ultimate goal is to use just one material but that material’s selection and application needs to be just right. it’s a quest !
i’ve several prototypes that haven’t fished yet but judging by the all-important bidet-test, they have that certain-special ‘smell of success’ about them. pics to follow.

i almost forgot ! Davie’s video is as always an understated goldmine of tying tips and overall tying excellence. be sure to take note of the finer points by using the pause and replay buttons. enjoy !

Black Quill Buzzer

by Peter Gathercole

Peter is quite well known around the world through his various publications on fly fishing and fly tying: Fly Fishing for Trout, The Fly-tying Bible, Fly-tying for Beginners and A Passion for Trout and has been featuring tying videos in pay-for apps but as far as i know, this one’s one of the few tying tutorials he’s made open to the general public, and it’s a nice one.
imitating a midge/chironomid pupae, i really like the idea of wrapping the quill body in open turns instead of the more usual ‘touching turns’, letting the thread behind it accentuate the segment effect of the bugs body. i don’t know if it makes it more realistic or not but it looks sexier, at least in my eyes…
another treat is the film’s vantage point:  ” There are some great fly tying videos available on You Tube and Vimeo. The only problem with most of them is that they are filmed from the viewer’s point of view rather than the tyer’s, which is not ideal if you are learning how to tie flies.  The smaller form factor of modern cameras means that it is now possible to film from the correct side so the viewer can see exactly what’s going on. ”
most of us have seen tying videos from the tier’s perspective long ago but it’s definitely nice to see some more.
me like. me hope you like too.

limbo|ˈlimbō|- (or seductive undulating and alternative uses of foam in fly design)

noun
1 the abode of ‘unbaptized’  nymphs, and of the just who died or are about to before hatching.
2  a voluntary uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an induced intermediate state or condition or indecision of water level beingness: the fate of these insects is now in limbo: neither floating nor sinking, just ‘there’.
• a state of neglect or oblivion: cast out and allowed to reside in a state of piscatorial limboness.

'Limbo' TLC 11-7-13

ORIGIN late Middle French ‘Limbes’: from the medieval Latin phrase in limbo, from limbus ‘hem, border, intermediate, limbo.
’limbo 2 |ˈlimbō|noun ( pl. limbos )
verb [ no obj. ]
to fish in such a way.

ORIGIN 2: back to the foam part.
in a roundabout way, it’s pretty simple to make a fly float or sink. create an ensemble of floating/floatant holding materials in a sufficient volume and it should easily stay on top through fast and slow waters and maybe even after catching a few fish if the materials aren’t too slime-absorbant.
invert those basics and if need be add some actual weight and it’ll sink towards the bottom easily.
now, what about when we’re faced with fish that are greedily eating bugs just under the surface and are completely ignoring any fly presented above or below them ?
a pretty standard  technique in this situation is to control fly depth through the use of various types of fly line densities (or various density sink-tips) but that involves retrieving the line in stillwaters or having the line ‘swing’ in currents. that’s all fine and well but sometimes (often… ) that’s too much movement as far as the fish are concerned. a lot of observations in many water types have shown that they can be lazy bastards at times and will only be interested in bugs that are basically stationary: close to their slimy mouths…

enter the Limbo (or any other pattern that can be relied to hover as much as possible before eventually sinking): and here’s where the foam and ultra-soft materials come in.
closed-cell foam is usually considered a sure-fire floating material but depending on its volume and whether its compressed or not changes that common characteristic to one that also helps a fly stay under the surface yet sink as slowly as possible: the closest thing we can get to actual hovering.
less of a problem in faster waters, in a still or slow water situation, if we use ‘standard’ materials such as cock hackle or even pheasant tail fibers for the tail and some stiffish dubbing say, like a lot of non-water-absorbing synthetics or seal’s fur we end up with a stationary and pretty rigid imitation. replace those stiffish materials with the soft, water absorbing materials like very soft hen hackle for the tail and rabbit underfur combined with no more than a dozen hare ear guard hairs to represent a few legs and other straggly emerging bits and now we have an imitation of a bug that’s stationary yet moving a little bit as if it’s still alive or gently undulating with the current in its death.
this gets the lazy bastard’s attention.

this fly’s general profile is pretty  generic so that leaves us a lot of room to adjust the basic construction ideas to match the various bugs of our waters. the trick here compared to the standard float or sinking fly is finding the exact balance between the floating and sinking elements without forgetting how it has to combine with the hook’s weight or some eventual pull from the leader.
this takes some experimenting. expect to come up with a lot of duds and stripping the hook to start all over again before finding the ‘just right’. i test each one at home before fishing them. it’s one of the better uses of bidets there is.
also keep in mind that everything usually changes when going up or down a hook size or hook shape or from one type of insect to another. to be honest, this has been the toughest challenge i’ve ever encountered in fly tying but then, there aren’t a whole lot of times when ‘cracking the code’ feels this good when all else fails.

you can find all the necessary goodies to make these critters and a lot more from Lucian Vasies at TroutLine.ro

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one for the Stoners (creating foam extended bodies)

by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food

pteronarcys

“These big bugs, AKA Pteronarcys Californica, are the largest of the stonefly order (plecoptera — which literally means “braided wings”) and incite large migrations of fly fishers from around the world as hopeful hatch-matchers descend on the Western rivers that host these giant bugs and their legendary emergences.”

ok, not all of us are able to swarm out west (or east) to go see these massive critters…stone-fly-tattoo

however, just about all of us are lucky enough to have smaller cousins of the stonefly family in our local waters so this video is just the ticket for making our own sure-floating, easy to cast/fish, lively (and pretty-darn cute) imitation to suit our waters.
in what is rather a complex or rather, labor-intensive tying tutorial, here’s a mountain of great advice, tips and tricks on creating extended foam bodies. surely the best i’ve ever seen and one that’s sure to inspire. of course this specific pattern is very interesting but what i’m mostly seeing here are several techniques that can be transposed to many other imitations including floating nymphs and streamers just to name a few.
as i’m sure most of us couldn’t validate the expense of buying full sets of wing and body cutters don’t be put off if you don’t have them. the bodies and wing can simply be cut with scissors or an exacto-type blade, the resultant rough edges are easily made smooth and sexy with a lighter as Curtis shows us when ‘prettying up’ the tail section (but be sure to practice this on a waste piece first !), and you can use a big sewing needle for the extended body pin.
a super-nice trick is how the rubber legs are sandwiched and glued in place instead of the usual tying in. i just had one of those “D’Oh ! why didn’t i think of that?! “ moments…

the Royal Wulff: an interesting paradox

in fly selection, once we take away the fish-enticing elements and practical issues aspects we’re left with what’s to me at least, the most important.
the fly’s aesthetic appeal and the confidence that goes with it: two very combined elements. if i feel ‘inspired’ by a certain fly i’ll not only enjoy fishing it more but will believe with a much higher degree of (semi) certainty that this is the one that will fool the fish.
now, to define exactly how that aesthetic appeal happens is about as intangible as trying to explain why i prefer to do it from behind or why chocolate tastes so good. it’s simplistic to say but simply put, it feels good and that’s about it.

anyway… today’s paradox has to do with the Royal Wulff. it’s a mega-classic fly all over the world, has caught tons and tons of fish and will continue to do so. legions of fly fishers swear by it and will probably have several at all times in their box. it’s the kind of fly that can bring far-away gazes, images of epic catches and produce buckets full of drool.
well, i happen to think it’s butt-ugly, is as devoid of mojo as it gets and i wouldn’t want to touch one with a stick.
seriously, for the life of me i can’t think of another fly that has the same effect. it’s almost as bad as if i where told that to continue fishing i would have to fish with worms.
experience has taught me that ‘never say never’ is a pretty good saying but as with the worm, i’d prefer to put the tackle away and take photos or just sit there and watch the water than to tie on that fly, let alone present it to some lovely fish.
now, Jeff Kennedy recently put up the image below on facebook stating that it was only half way done and several of us quickly suggested that he should stop right there. (“It’s PERFECT ! STOP !!!”)  and here i am with what i think is the nicest painting of a fly ever, and the big and blown-up subject is none other than the dreaded Royal Wulff…

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who knows, maybe i just exorcized the Royal Wulff within me and may get to like it some day. not.

What Trout Want

– The Educated Trout and Other Myths  by Bob Wyatt

there’s so much self-important  blah-blahing in contemporary fly fishing literature that new books of real interest are far and few between.
coming out somewhere around the 2013 new year, Bob Wyatt’s new book promises to set things straight by debunking popularized wishful thinking and insecurities… and  getting back to the subject of fish and fishing instead of the angler’s ego.
author of the highly respected Trout Hunting: The Pursuit of Happiness, this new one seems even more promising.

not from the up and coming book but i like his way of thinking and very much look forward to reading and studying this new book.

After decades of thinking about trout as cunning and fussy critters with eating disorders, my fly tying programme finally got traction with the ‘trigger’ concept. Behavioural science terms like ‘behavioural releaser’, ‘supernormal stimulus’, ‘optimal foraging strategy’ and ‘fixed action pattern’ entered my angling vocabulary. Everything just sort of came together and for the first time in my angling life started to make sense.

Where we get to with this behavioural business is the rather revolutionary idea that trout are, in fact, not cunning and fussy at all. But they are efficient. The simplest, and therefore probably the correct, explanation for why emergers usually work better than dry dun patterns is simply that trout quickly key onto the prey that is most abundant, most visible, and easiest to catch. “
-extract from Bob’s ‘The Hang of it’ via Carl McNeil’s Bumcasts

distributed by Stackpole/Headwater Books, pre-orders for the international market are already available through Amazon

Mr. Softy visits the Limp Cobra

by Davie McPhail

you know it, with a name like that it can only be a sure-fire fantastico fish catcher ! :mrgreen:

primarily designed for UK type put-and-take stocked rainbow trout fisheries, this pattern who’s pretty obvious genetics we’ll link to Jack Gartside’s historical Gurgler is an extremely versatile streamer. versatile not only because it can be fished effectively from bottom to the surface depending on the fly line density employed but very versatile because this pattern can be either a pure ‘attractor’ or by changing color schemes and size can be a wounded, sick or dying fish, a mouse, a weird tadpole, leech or any number of slimy things traveling through the water column. either way, whatever it is taken for is far surpassed by it’s sexy-slinky movement and that’s what makes this pattern and its variants the catcher that it is.

as tied below, even with all that foam the rabbit strip tail once soaked with water won’t make it a great floater and that’s no problem because these really shine when fished with sinking lines. intermediates with short-short leaders or with higher density sinkers and then adjust the leader length to place the fly at the right hight from the bottom (we’ll need to think in a ‘reversed’ fashion to say, a nymph and indicator rig here. the line is cast, allowed to sink and it lays on the bottom of the lake or sea. the floating fly will hover above it. when the line is retrieved the fly slinkies down, during retrieve pauses the fly flutters back up)
this sinking line/floating fly method is called ‘Booby Style’ but these are a lot better than some dumb boobies  !

apart from the fly’s construction there’s some juicy tidbits we can take away from Davie’s video: attaching Fritz and zonker strips efficiently, other advantages of waxing thread and his ever-present “nice and tight” comments inciting the tier to keep constant thread tension. enjoy !

ps- i love coincidences. last night and before finding Davie’s video i tied several small variants of this Softy/Gurgler. pics coming soon !

“flakes of dust”, a dead caddis imitation.

the Dead Caddis by Davie McPhail

now, as far as i know (little), imitating dead caddis is a rather uncommon practice and that’s what makes this pattern quite interesting.
i’ve seen trout rising to the dead naturals and have fished them successfully with a standard sedge imitation but i’ll admit i didn’t seriously examine the dead naturals to see if the’d changes appearences from the live ones.
of course there will be a total lack of movement and i’m reasonably sure that there isn’t a body/wing posture change so i’m thinking it might be a slight change of color that really sets these apart.
for whatever the reasons, this big bushy, well floating thing is worth having in the box for an occasion where the fish might key in on the dead ones drifting by. enjoy !

the Elk Hair Caddis

personally, i wouldn’t touch one with a stick !
it wreaks of bad mojo, is a messy little number and the only thing it inspires to is trouble…

created a million years ago by Al Troth, some old chap that was born old.
it’s a simple fly for simple fish.

some consider it the ‘go-to’ for a caddis hatch. i think they look nice in trees.

Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail Nymph

tied by Hans Weilenmann

we’ve already seen the construction of this seminal nymph pattern by it’s creator Frank Sawyer and then by Davie McPhail in the ‘Two Pheasant’s Tail’ and it’s hackled ‘Cruncher’ variant ‘Where’s there’s munching there’s crunching!’ posts but i thought it would be nice to see another perspective since it’s always enriching to see how different people achieve the same result, specially by world-class tiers.
as a bonus Hans gives us a bit of the fly’s history , what it was originally intended to imitate (a Baetis nymph) and a nice variant that makes the fly more durable, something quite non-negligable since pheasant tail fibers are notoriously fragile and fall apart when they’re munched on by trout !

on a personal note, if there where only one type of nymph pattern in my boxes, the traditional pattern and it’s varied variants in different colors and sizes of the PTN would be it.
it’s just that good…

Dave Shipman’s ‘One hell of a Buzzer.

Buzzers – Midges:  Chironomids

a flash from the past happened as i was watching Davie McPhail’s tying video of this truly amazing pattern. a lot of memories trickled back of all the good trout-stalking fun and success i’ve had with this pattern and i thought i’d share it here.
often neglected because of it’s ‘looks like nothing’ appearance…, i’ve heard they’re banned in some waters because they’re so effective.
(see, i wasn’t kidding, they’re awesomely butt-ugly !  these old munched and crunched ones come from my box, they’re around 3-4 years old and a conservative guesstimation has them at maybe 25-30 fish each)

created in the 70’s by Dave Shipman to imitate ‘buzzer or chironomid hatches on England’s Rutland reservoir, it can be fished with a floating line on top like a dry, half way in/half way out like an emerger or sunk.
dead-drifted with the wind or animated slooooowly, it’s a pretty rare occasion where these won’t catch the fish’s attention.
sizes range from no. 8 to 28 sized hooks.  any color will do with personal favorites being black, red, claret, and darkish brown and combining all those colors makes it super-versatile and sexy !

i’ve had great success with it in rivers and streams as well. it’s not just a stocked fish stillwater pattern because midge distribution is getting bigger and bigger because of pollution and other nasties: the ‘standard’ trout bugs have a hard time living in dirtier waters and the midges move in because their metabolism allows it.

here’s how Davie ties it, in fact he ties three different versions for us. enjoy !

btw, don’t forget this previously talked about method of presenting them:
Frank Sawyer’s Bow Tie

thursday’s thistle

made with:

love
hook- Maruto D82 BL #16
thread- Veevus 14/0
tail- Pardo medium fibers
abdomen- Mad Rabbit dubbing trimmed and ribbed with the tag end of the tying thread
thorax & wing- cdc natural and white fibers inserted into split thread, wound and trimmed underneath

M-Fly continued

ok, here’s my first try at tying this sweet-sweet M-Fly  bug designed by Lucian Vasies at Troutline.ro
interesting how it turned out to be more of a midge emerger than a mayfly… but i guess that just shows the pattern’s polyvalence (or rather, underlines my incompetence), all it takes is tweaking it a bit and playing with proportions and color schemes and the same general idea will imitate several species of bugs. cool.

first is a soft-focus, desaturated image that really reveals the midge silhouette.

and a more detailed image of the same fly.

it turns out i was way off the mark in guessing the extended body’s material, it’s just plain and simple Micro-Chenille. since light olive is the only color i have right now, the rest of the fly’s color scheme went towards various olive tones.

made with:
love
hook- Maruto C46W barbless #16
thread- UTC 70 ‘warm olive’
extended body- Micro-Chenille light olive
thorax- from back to front: Mad Rabbit (hare mask) dubbing medium olive then dark grey ending with black seal’s fur
wing- two natural color cdc tips as the underwing, one light olive tip on top to merge with and change the tone of the underwing and increase visibility