Posts Tagged ‘mayfly

31
Mar
16

Fly Pattern: Parachute Emerger

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16
Jan
14

The Mirage: diaphanous CDC

“I noticed a…feather resting on the surface…going down with the current. A slight breeze was making it do small movements in the foam and the feather slid lightly on the water so as to make it look like a living thing.” Agostino Roncallo

magie_cdc_1_75mm_webI recently came upon a simple, enticing concept for a fly pattern at Tom Sutcliffe’s The Spirit of Fly Fishing called The Mirage by Agostino Roncallo. A single, delicate, buoyant CDC feather, the tying thread and the hook comprise the dry fly.

Delicate and may sustain some damage after a fish or two, but given the simplicity of the tie and the reputed effectiveness, who cares. Tie a row or two and dance along the surface. A delicate fly for selective and non-selective fish: trout/grayling

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Agostino Roncallo first started tying this simple fly in the 90’s and later wrote about the magic properties of CDC: Cul de Canard

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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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03
May
13

Fly Tying: Simple Wet Fly to Tie

cdc-starling-emerger-14SBIn honor of and in response to…the early season mayflies and caddis: a simple wet/flymph (I don’t want to debate what a flymph is picky fly tiers!) here is a simple to tie fly pattern. 

The fly can be fished in the film (surface) or sunk for a straight or swung retrieve.

The ‘recipe’ or pattern for this very simple fly is as follows:

Size 14 heavy wire hook

Size 8/0 thread, black

Tail:  A half dozen strands of Zelon fibers to represent a trailing shuck

Abdomen: A simple thread body wound forward, back and forward over the  Zelon fibers up to the thorax area

Thorax: A spun collar of tan CDC fibers (Duck Butt feathers that float well)

Wing: One plus turns of a Starling feather so the tips of the feather reach back to the abdomen area.

11
Mar
13

Mayfly Basics

drake-dunA short piece re Mayfly Nymphs and their progression of life…a refresher of sorts

The piece discusses gills, habitat and how~where certain nymphs live. This benefits the fly fisher and fly tier with where to present your fly and how to tie certain patterns. 

17
Nov
12

Photography: Trout & Mayfly (Jose Maria Gaitano~Jativa)

Jose Maria Gaitano Jativa

Jose Maria Gaitano Jativa

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JOSE MARIA GAITANO JATIVA OF SPAIN (Facebook)

23
Oct
12

Planet Trout’s BWO Extravaganza

BWO EXTRAVAGANZA (PHOTOS & PATTERNS)

Check out Tim Barker’s Planet Trout site. He has a vast array of Blue Winged Olive patterns, excellent photos along with many valuable links & resources.




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