I need flies. It happens almost every time, the night before going on a fishing trip, I end up kind of panic tying. We can probably not expect mayflies to hatch, it is still early around here,. There will be midges/diptera and maybe some stoneflies. If the temprature should rise, and (just by chance) the sun arrive there might be some Claret/Sepia Dun (Leptophlebia vespertina/marginata ) dancing in the air. But, if nothing happens on the surface I will reach for the of monsters. By that I mean damsels/dragons and other scary stuff tied in the darkest hour.
The above fly is a “new” creation, and it sinks! Gold bead with extra tungsten/lead. The tail is a mixture of marabou, with a spun rabbit thorax and peacock. It really is a monster! It will definately fool a fish or two no matter the conditions.
These are some of the flies that will fill my box tomorrow, fresh off the vise…
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.
I got this from a FB fly tying page. The pattern was tied by a skilled swedish tyer named Daniel Smith. My version is nowhere near as nice as his,but here it is anyway. His intention is for this pattern to imitate the emergers of the larger mayflies in Scandinavia. This fly will float in the surface because of the cdc wing casing. The spun thorax of rabbit or other fur will create enough life to mimic the hatch.
“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration” (Izaac Walton)
I found this nice pattern on smallflyfunk blog. It´s a size 26…it looks cool!
Sometimes I start to think about this subject. The obvious reasons are that the quality is much better than “industrial” flies,besides you get the exact patterns you want. I have created flies since I was about ten years old. I tied my first Rakkelhane at a friends house and understood right away that something had happened. It was a mental thing, and it made me rush to the local fly shop the day after where I bought a starter set from Turall. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with hooks,feathers,furs and synthetics. But what makes a grown man sit hour after hour creating small things of both natural and synthetic material. For me the goal is not necessarily to catch fish. A quote from J.Gartside says it all: “Even if there were no fish in the world,I would still tie flies”.
Ever since the early days I´ve tied flies for sale. My own boxes are always in need. Most of my time at the bench is spent tying for others. My flies are well traveled, much more so than their maker. I sometimes envy them. They go off to foreign streams,rivers and lakes and discover the world while I sit at my bench dreaming.
It becomes an obsession, one never gets to be an expert in this game, there are always new things to learn and new secrets to reveal. Fly tying is knowledge about animals,birds,entomology,fish and nature as a whole. Fly tying is in its own right a state of mind.
This is what I´ve really been doing the last few days…these midges are going to Iceland and will soon sit in the jaws of Icelandic browns. I am sending about 122 midges to Iceland,as if they really need more over there.
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!
Black Biot Emerger
Yellow Biot Emerger
Olive Biot Emerger
I like using goose biots on cdc-emergers. This style of flies are usually my first choice when fishing mayfly hatches. I tend to use snowshoe-rabbit more than cdc for emergers, but on these it still is the best choice. The reason for using snowshoe is it produces more durable flies and that it is easier to clean after a catch. I tie a lot of different mayfly pattern these days. Customers just does’nt seem to understand what I mean when I say “please,order in good time for next season”.
It’s kind of strange to think about,but this fly has been a staple in my box for over 20 years now. It is a fantastic pattern. The reason for it’s incredible ability to fool trout is the special “touch-dub” method. Use a very sticky dubbing wax and make a blend of antron and fur/synthetics.When using this dubbing technique combined with real antron yarn the fly traps hundreds of shiny air bubbles. This feature is what attracts the fish and makes it go for the fly. During caddis hatches this fly can really work wonders. It must be Gary La Fontaine’s most succesfull pattern.
This is the color combination that works best for me, but I also use brown,rusty and yellowish colors. If this is not in your box already,then make sure it’s there before the season begins…Remember,it´s very important to tie it sparse and airy!
For all the CdC freaks out there…
On the version above I added a trailing chuck of clear antron.
Hans Weilenmann is well known in the fly tying community. He is an excellent tyer and his tutorials are of a very high quality. The DHE or Deer Hair Emerger,is new to me. Inspiration is everything when it comes to tying. Weilenmann was brought to my attention by Kostis(wildtrouthunting). The pattern was originally created by Bob Wyatt,but I have taken the liberty to add a few traits to the original design. The original design is itself inspired by many great patterns. These flies will be tested this season…Check out Hans Weilenmann and Bob Wyatt on YT for tutorials.