I routinely show fly patterns here and most often in a macro format. My intent is to show the fly’s proportions, materials and the good and bad outcomes that the macro lens never fails to gather. I thought this time I would also include a shot of the fly pattern shown in the macro shot also in a pose with a U.S. dime in order to show scale. The hook size is more relevent to the tier. 

CaliNymphSwittersB Dime

Calibaetis Nymph SwittersB
This is a Callibaetis Mayfly stillwater (lakes) pattern on a size 16 hook.

AmberBH Dime SwittersB

AmberBH SwittersB
This is a traditional (well at least for the last 20 years) Bead head (BH) Pupa pattern, on a size 14 hook, that is suggestive of a Caddis Pupa drifting in a stream/river or presented to rise in a lake. The ubiquitous bead head in pupa patterns aids sinking and provides a little flash where the light penetrates the surface, The body is comprised of dubbing materials that are suggestive of movement, flash and segmentation while the fly drifts by.

Blues Dime SwittersB

Blues SwittersB
The Blues is a wet fly tied on a size 14 hook that is suggestive of any number of insects that drift in the upper stratas of a lake or stream. The blue is eye catching to fish (purple is excellent too…see PlanetTrout blogsite re his experiments with purple) and the Starling wing is one of my favorite wing materials ahead of a thorax ball to help splay the wing material.

The dime shot gives one a good idea of the actual size of these big macro flies. The hook sizes are good references for the fly fisher, but the non tier has a better reference with the coin perhaps.