During a mayfly hatch many mayflies get stuck in the film. They either die or just cant get out of their chucks. When you can´t figure out what the fish feeds on it is usually this stage of the mayflys cycle. The fish uses a lot less energy compared to targeting nymphs or fully grown insects. The ones pictured here uses a wing of either deer hair or snowshoe rabbit. You can also use cdc, but I prefer the first two alternatives. The best alternative for the body is twisted marabou. Tie the imitation in any colour to match the hatch in your local stream or lake.
The classic buzzer are probably my most reliable pattern. I have fished this fly for about 25 years. Sometimes I need the fly to go deeper or sink as it hits the water. For these buzzers I use a very small gold head. The parachute midge is very effective when the fish goes on a wild feeding frenzy…
The spring in Norway is a fantastic time of the year. After a long, dark and cold winter we can finally start fishing for browns again. Fishing midges is great fun, but often extremely difficult. Even the smallest fish gets very selective and hard to catch. Sometimes the fish focus on colour, sometimes size or the way the midge acts on the water. It might take the fully developed insect or only feed on the hatching pupaes. Fine and long tippets are the rule. I fish only directly on rising fish. I do not care about the size of the fish, the sport is the most important thing in this game. I have used a lot of different patterns over the years, some stay with me and some is replaced by new ones. In my next posts I will focus on different midge patterns. It is only our imagination that stops us when tying midge imitations.
These are some of my favourite patterns. They are tied on the beautiful TMC 2488 sz.18.
Lunch is a great norwegian comic by Børge Lund. The scene is set in a office enviroment. This strip is about Kjell. Kjell is responsible for talking four colleagues into coma by talking. What is he talking about…fly fishing!