Posts Tagged ‘meniscus

06
Dec
11

Fly Fishing: Meniscus or Surface Tension/Film (Floating Nymphs)

I am sure some high school science teacher will take exception to the fly fishing culture incorrectly using the word ‘meniscus’ to describe the surface film and the tension that creates a barrier that separates the upper world from the lower (sub surface) world. Regardless, there is a tension that emerging insects must penetrate. 

This emerging process, factors into your fly tying, on the water fly selection, presentation and observations of insects and fish feeding. 

'Hi Jinx' MIdge Emerger

As a beginning fly tier or fly fisher, you will primarily focus on dry flies, nymphs and expand your awareness to ’emergers’ that typically sit half in and out of the water, on a curved shank hook. This, of course, is the acceptable norm. Perhaps, do a little research on floating nymphs or unweighted nymphs, tied on light wire, straight shank hooks. These patterns can be presented just below the surface for feeding fish in the upper strata. Not every nymph needs to dive to the bottom nor does every emerger pattern have to be on a curved shank hook, sitting half in/half out of the water.

21
Dec
09

Fly Fishing’s Stage (The Surface and other things)

SURFACE, IN THE FILM, TENSION

“Actually penetrating the meniscus is not easy for small insects like most caddis. In LaFontaine’s book he quotes aquatic biologist, Ken Thompson, who equates the emerging process from pupa to adult in a way that we can all understand. “An example, in human terms, would be the amount of energy required for a full-grown person to escape if he were covered with three feet of dirt”. After swimming all the way to the surface you can see why the caddis must rest before attempting to break through the meniscus.”(GVFF re Caddis Emerging)




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