Filling the boxes for the rivers of eastern Norway. I will need a nice selection of mayflies, because many species hatch in the different rivers.I like these simple patterns. They are easy and fast to tie, and the color variations are endless. They can off course be tied with nice tails, but I do not think the fish will care. With a possible exception of the largest species. Fish in fast flowing water do not always have the time to study the menu…
I have been obsessed with using mallard in the wings for duns and emergers lately. This is an attempt to make a sbs of the CdC Dun. I apologize for the poor quality photos. But they will at least give you a general idea. For this pattern you will need a splitable thread. You can use Dynema, Serafil or Petijean threads.
1. Tie in a tail of rooster or Coq de Leon fibers. Make it a bit longer than normal.
2. Now prepare the peacock quill and tie it in. I do not use UV (yet), so i just use standard varnish. Choose a bunch of mallard and gather them to make the impression of a wing.
3. There are lots of tools for this purpose out there. The best are, without a doubt, the ones from Marc Petijean, but an old-school paper clip will do the trick as well. Choose two cdc feathers, a mix of grey and black is usually a good choice. Cut them close to the stem.
4. Split the thread and spin the cdc to make the hackle. Pull the fibers bacwards and wind the cdc as a hackle.
5. The end result should look something like this. The colors can off course be changed to suit all mayflies…
This is from a series of fly tying videos made by Staffan Lindstrøm and Arnt Mollan a few years back. In this short excerpt Staffan shows us how to tie a deer hair wing for the big mayflies. I think it is pretty cool. The language is norwegian,but the language of tying is universal. Please check out Arnt Mollan´s channel on youtube for more action…
This is a generic mayfly pattern with an extended body made from Staffan`s Polychenille. Here in Norway they will make a good imitation of the Ephemera Vulgata/Danica may flies. Here two colors are twisted and then lightly burned to make them bond. This is a very functional way to create extended bodies. Staffan himself will probably dislike both the tails and the wings on this one,as he would consider it totally unnecessary and meaningless. I tie these flies both with and without the fancy details. Sometimes they are tied by the riverside,when a hatch suddenly occurs,if so I will make them simple. They usually do the trick anyway…
Hook: TMC 2488
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Staffans Polychenille
Wings: Bronze mallard
Hackle: Mix of Cdc
Being an old dj I like to mix things up sometimes. And yes,I´ve got a hang up on emergers and it is again caused by inspiration. The first is Dave Wiltshire´s Cdc Emerger and the second one being The Sparkle Dun Variant. Now,blend in some Gary La Fontaine and you´ve got these two all mixed up patterns. My guess is that these will fish quite well. Hook is the brilliant TMC 212Y.
Yet another great emerger pattern, not revolutionary but tied in a cool way. Check out Dave Wiltshire´s excellent blog to see photos. Here is my take of the pattern. I especially like the flash material tied down the hook bend. This mimics the nymph shedding skin.Tied this way it is almost like the tag/tip on classic wetflies. I will also tie this using snowshoe, and if possible compare the two options this season. Will tie,will try!