The Halo Midge Emerger…



The Halo Midge Emerger (Original)

Gary La Fontaine was a great fly fisherman. I have read most of his books over and over again. Some of his theories may come across as a bit weird and sometimes to detailed. With the exception of the emergent sparkle pupa and a couple of others I have never really fished his flies a lot. On the other hand, his theories and ideas are with me when tying or fishing. His fly designs are not beautiful flies, they often look strange and awkward. They are effective fishing flies. They are based on what fish see from under the water and what makes it go for the fly. Some of the chapters in his brilliant book “The Dry Fly” certainly give food for thought on a lot of subjects concerning the way we think of imitations.

One of the imitations that interested me from the start were The Halo Midge Emerger. It doesn’t quite look like a midge pupa, but Fontaine states that it is enough for the pattern to simply rest partly in and partly under the water.  Further he says: “The shape of an emerging midge pupa is critical to proper imitation, but it is not the triggering characteristic. The most important aspect of the natural is the quicksilver brightness of the air within the transparent outer sheath. If an air bubble is visible in the emerging insect, it overwhelms every other feature”

Once & Away…



This a pattern designed by Hans Van Klinken. He has named it Once & Away. I find it to be a great emerger pattern and I love the use of peacock herl in the thorax. He originally uses peccary for the body, but I had to use rooster quills. The peccary makes the fly look a lot nicer though. Also he uses Partridge GRST 15ST. Any curved hook will do the job…

Quill’s of the day…


Yet again I was supposed to tie large amounts of one pattern and ended up tying these. I really enjoy using quill. Today I experimented with Pantone to get the desired colour. I tried to make these two look sort of old and rustic. The above mayfly emerger is my favourite for a lot of situations. It is a generic pattern and must be tied in colour to match the natural.



This pattern goes by many names. That´s why I name it X-Caddis. It is originally meant to be an emerger. A very effective fly and it will do the job in many different situations. It is also a great fish-finder. What material you choose for the wing is free of choice. These are my variants.


The X-Caddis with a wing of snowshoe rabbit.


The X-Caddis with a wing of Cdc and lemon wood duck.


The X-Caddis with yearling elk.


The X-Caddis with deer hair.

The caddis & the mayfly…


These are two Jack Gartside patterns. They are tied to imitate emerging insects. As I have mentioned earlier he used aftershafts in many of his flies. Aftershafts are not the easiest material to use. Keep in mind that the aftershaft feather has a very fragile stem. If you find it difficult you can try using a electric gripping tool rather than a traditional hackle plier. They are also called EZ pliers. Always use a fairly gentle touch when winding these feathers.


This is the Philo Mayfly Emerger.


This is the Philo Caddis Emerger. This pattern also works very well when weighted. Both these flies should be tied in various colours and sizes to match the naturals.

Caddis Emergers…

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These flies are made with a organza ribbon as ribbing. I bought mine in a Panduro shop for next to nothing. This kind of shop has a lot to offer fly tyers. When rising to the surface or during the hatch the caddis has a shine to it, and this material adds that in a very good way. I am gonna tie these and have them up for sale this summer. I think they are gonna fish really well.

Hatching Quills…

Using quills for bodies on dries and emergers is a very old technique. I use peacock and rooster feathers for the most part. Peacock is the easiest to use. If you are using rooster feathers, put them in a little bowl of lukewarm water for a while. They will be much easier to work with. One can also use a Pantone to give them different shades. The flies are tied on TMC 206BL wich is a fantastic hook for mayfly emergers.

I am sorry about the picture quality on these flies. I am currently working with the problem and building a light box…