Posts Tagged ‘emerger

31
Mar
16

Fly Pattern: Parachute Emerger

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04
Feb
14

The Flymph: Not Quite Nymph…Almost Adult

A Flymph is a great fly pattern for the beginning tier and serviceable as a fishing pattern for all fly fishers. A combination of the nymph and what we now call the ’emerger’, it entices with movement and general shapes. It suits my ‘impressionistic’ almost, but not quite tying style (some might call it sloppy/lazy) and it is productive in streams and lakes. More here re flymphs

 

Flymph SwittersB-Here, I dubbed a tapered fly from the rear (abdomen) up into the thorax, creating a buggy/leggy/winged front end. Flymphs can be/maybe should be tied with a bit cleaner style with a clearly defined tail/abdomen (nymph like) and then a wet fly style thorax/head. Presentation, as always, is important. The wet fly swing or Leisenring lift (rising, emerging insect) are traditional presentation options for flymphs/soft hackles/wets. Here Oliver Edwards offers his suggestions that contradict the ‘swing’/down and across presentation. On lakes, I have simply cast to rising fish or used as a searching pattern with a straight forward cast it out and slowly work it back letting the fibers work their twitching magic. (Additional information)

02
Dec
13

Fly Tying & Fishing: Mathew’s X Caddis…Great Fly

In keeping with the smallish fly theme, I tied up these X-Wing Caddis flies (green bodied/deer hair wing) on size 18 hooks. Simple to tie, I actually have had wonderful success with this pattern with green trailing shuck/green body and amber trailing shuck/tan body. The trailing shuck is sometimes called a ‘tail’. Consider it (the Zelon fibers) to be the still attached nymphal body that the Caddis is attempting to separate from. Don’t tie it in too short or thick. I use a single strand of Krystal Flash for the ribbing. Deer hair for the wing (some use Yearling Elk Hair).

X Caddis Switters

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Green X Caddis Emerger SwittersB

Excellent How To Video for Mathew’s X Caddis Fly Pattern

X Caddis Trout Early W SwittersB

16
Nov
13

Midge Emerger on a Kernel of Corn

No, I didn’t attempt to photograph this Midge Emerger setting atop a kernel of corn. But, for the uninitiated to fly tying, hook/pattern size it is helpful to imagine that kernel of unpopped corn and imagine the pattern in the picture as roughly the same size…or a little longer and fatter than a piece of cooked rice. The curved, light wired, pupa hook affords a slightly wider hook gape to hopefully facilitate the hook up with such small flies. Annoying to tie, necessary to have.

22 Midge emerger SwittersB

15
Nov
13

Photography: Macro Puzzles

I struggle for consistency with my macro photography. Sometimes it is there and other times it just isn’t. Today, I wanted to photograph a small (size 16) emerger pattern I simply call a ‘Puff’ given the wing material is called a CDC Puff Feather. I tried to present a contrast to the flies size by shooting it in front of a U.S. Quarter for a point of reference. The flash was dialed way down. Yet it still washed out. You still get an idea but not as crisply as I would have hoped. The beauty of the macro lens or magnifying goggles is one can readily see the faults of one’s tying (sloppy thread head/cut starling hackle for example).

camera fly quarter SB puff quarter vise SB

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09
Nov
13

Fly Tying: Light Wire Emerger Hooks

The newer (last several years) light wire, curved shanked hooks have facilitated more realistic patterns. At first they were a uniformly curved shank hook, sometimes also called a pupa or scud hook. Now there are many more variations of the curved shank, all designed to float the thorax portion of the pattern in the film, and dip the abdomen into the film and below…like an emerging mayfly attempting to break free.

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29
May
13

Fly Tying: Sparse Emerger

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