No-wing Dun…

Hackle Dun 1

I remember a discussion once about the importance of the wing on mayfly patterns. Off course, in some cases it is crucial, but in fast flowing waters it is of minor importance. Since then I have always had a few No-Wing patterns in my box. I like to enhance the thorax by using peacock herl. For the body I would normally choose some kind of biot. It can also be a good choice during a large hatch, as well as in windy conditions. Tied this way, with no wing, the fly never fails presentation…

Green

Hackle Dun 2

Hackle Dun 3

Hackle Dun 4

Classic Buzzer…

Spring fishing means midges all over the place. Both the the adults and the pupaes are cool imitations to fish. The fish, even the small ones, can be extremely selective and difficult. I did a post on these some time ago, but I wanted to present them again. This pattern has always been in my boxes. Besides being one of the first flies I learned to tie, it is also one of my most fished patterns. The colors presented here are my two favourites. The green one seems to be the best in my local waters.This one rarely fails on rising trout…in our times of UV domination, on all kinds of flies, this really is an old school pattern.

Air

1. Tie in some strands of clear antron. Do not cut the ends at this point.

Flosscopper

2. Tie in the copper thread and the floss.

Abdomen

3. Wind the floss around the hook shank. Follow with the copper in nice turns as a ribbing.

Floss Midge

4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl to form the thorax. Whip-finish and varnish.

Midge Red

Floss Buzzer Red…