The Mess…CdC version
In my previous post on the Mess I forgot to say that a marker can be used on the cell foam back…
Every year,when preparing for a new season the same thought hits me. I should fish more nymphs. It usually stays as just a thought,even tough every fly fisherman knows that if we do,we will catch more fish. To me it just seems kind of meaningless throwing these tiny creatures into a big river,not to mention a lake. The book “Nymfefiskeri” (1972),by the danish fly fishing legend Preben Torp Jacobsen, is always a good read. Everytime I look through this book my views on nymph fishing changes a bit. I find new inspiration to both tie nymphs and think of fishing with them a lot more than before.
Yes,I know that nymphs and pupas are what the fish eat most of the time. All the underwater stages are fundamental for the existence of the fish. Normally,my stupidity lets the dry fly win. Note to self: Tie up a good collection of nymphs for this season…And,fish them!
May Fly Sometime…
Hares Ear (Dark Olive)
The Mess,a Gary LaFontaine pattern,is probably the ugliest fly in my box. It is the kind of fly that makes a fly fisherman ashamed when tied to the tippet. The fly really is a mess,an impressionistic mayfly pattern. It is created to mimic a nymph trapped in the surface film. I have given it very few chances over the years,but I plan to give it a new and fair chance this season. Aesthetics are no issue on this one…
1. Tie in the tail,use just a few fibers. Then cut a small strip of large cell foam and tie it down.
2. Dub the body in any color to suit the natural. Then tie down the foam strip. Make sure you leave enough room for the head and the hackle.
3. Form the head using the same dubbing as the body.
4. Tie in a few fibers of mallard to give the impression of a wing.
5. Next,choose a oversized hackle and make about three turns. Secure the thread and cut…The Mess is ready to go!
Damsel nymphs are among my favorite patterns throughout the season. This is the tan version of Gary Borgers Marabou Damsel Nymph. The above picture is from early season fishing in a great forest lake close to my home…
1. Tie down a good amount of lead/tungsten wire. Secure it with the thread and a coat of varnish.
2. Then tie in the marabou (Mottlebou). Don´t mind the lenght at this point. Then wind the rest of the marabou to form the body.
3. Tie in a good bunch of peacock herls. If you do it right you can use this for up to three flies, so do not throw away the excess herl.
4. Next step is either to make a dubbing loop or just dub a mix of hare´s ear and marabou to form the thorax.
5. When you are done with the thorax it might be a good idea to brush it up before you form the wing case. Leave a short stub of the herl over the hook eye. The last thing to do is to adjust the lenght of the tail. It should be about an inch/2.5 cm long.
I can guarantee a good catch on this one…!
This is a very good fly to have in your box…
On those warm and nice summer days when this suddenly happens…
And,this is the material you need. Mottlebou is simply mottled marabou. It has a great color scheme for imitations of the ephemera during the hatch. Combine it with hares ear for the thorax and a wingcase from cdc,and you will get one the most efficient imitations for this stage of the cyclus…you should definately try some of these this summer.
This pattern do not need any introduction. Both the pattern and it´s creator are icons of fly fishing, and well known to everybody. The variations are countless, and they are probably all great fishing flies. The Pheasant Tails presented here are sort of standards in my boxes. I find it difficult to choose one in particular. These work very well in rivers and stillwater all over the globe. I do tend catch more fish in stillwater when using the variant with hare dubbing in the thorax rather than the classic pattern. The Teeny nymph is also a great fly,especially in rivers. It is one out of thousands of patterns inspired by this great old classic. Thank you,Sawyer…
I always wonder why people throw things around them when camping or fishing. Everywhere one goes you can see traces and garbage after human activity, even in the most remote places. Recently I found this list on how long it takes for nature to decompose our waste. Something to think about before we start our fishing season. Always bring your garbage home, and always make sure your camp site is clean when you leave! Recycle…
How Long does it take to Decompose:
Paper Towel – 2-4 weeks
Banana Peel – 3-4 weeks
Paper Bag – 1 month
Newspaper – 1.5 months
Apple Core – 2 months
Cardboard – 2 months
Cotton Glove – 3 months
Orange peels – 6 months
Plywood – 1-3 years
Wool Sock – 1-5 years
Milk Cartons – 5 years
Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years
Leather shoes – 25-40 years
Tinned Steel Can – 50 years
Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years
Plastic containers – 50-80 years
Aluminum Can – 200-500 years
Plastic Bottles – 450 years
Disposable Diapers – 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years
Plastic Bags – 200-1000 years