Posts Tagged ‘yellow mayfly

14
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Little Yellow Mayfly, Just because………….

Fly Tying Little Yellow Mayflies. Size 14 dry fly hook; medium blue dun hackle fibers for the tail, tied in (size 8/0 tan thread) the length of the hook shank; yellow goose biot tied in to form ridged abdomen; sparse, dubbed thorax with greyish-0live super fine dubbing; deer hair extended wing purposely slanted out over hook also the length of the hook shank but no longer…butt ends trimmed; medium blue dun hackle wrapped twice around thread wraps that secured the deer hair wing. Thread secured forward beneath the upraised deer hair wing and hand whip finished. Never tied these before and no two were alike, so that doesn’t speak well to my consistently….but, they all look edible! Why did I tie these flies? I have no idea. They weren’t on my to do pattern list. Oh well……. Picture’s a little funky, but creative.

01
Jul
10

Fly Fishing: Yellow Quill Mayfly Emerger

Recently, I was fishing a beautiful stretch of water in Oregon. I had worked my way down to where the riffles converged with perfect seams, edges and rolling riffles. Fish were caught and the afternoon was winding down well. As I stood knee deep next to a twenty yard long riffle, my attention was drawn to mayflies hovering six inches to a foot above the riffles. They were bright yellow, about 1/2″+ long in the body. There were also two long tails, well beyond the length of the body. The mayflies were emerging out of the riffles; just appearing and hovering. There was no surface activity, although I could see some trout slashing beneath the surface next to the riffle. I had some success with a smaller tan emerger pattern. Also, I ran a dark nymph down through the riffle and caught a couple of trout.

So, I left the river wondering what that mayfly was. I am not adept at identifying all the mayflies beyond a few common, prolific ones. So, I queried Westfly and Troutnut and there seemed to be some likelihood the mayflies I saw (given the size, color, hatching location, actions) might be a ‘Yellow Quill’ or a mayfly from the genus Epeorus. The pictures and descriptors really seemed to match my observations. What stood out was the advice that this insect is best presented by a subsurface pattern, an emerger pattern that depicts an emerging mayfly well below the surface, unfolding and rising….trying to escape the current and ultimately the surface film.

A little query here and there lead to UK Fly Dressing, which had a nice discussion on the ‘yellow may spider’…a wet fly presented for a bright yellow mayfly. Within the forum discussion, the renowned Hans Weilenmann of Danica fame, provided additional information for a yellow wet fly pattern and a wonderful tutorial. Beautiful patterns and visuals for sure.

Mindful of the riffle I had observed (depth and velocity) I thought I might concoct a little pattern that would suggest the color, emerging wings and sink to the needed depth. So, I came up with a pattern I am most excited to try. I suspect it will work for other insects as well.


Pattern Information:

Black 8/0 thread; Size 12 TMC 3761 Nymph hook; gold bead, yellow Nature’s Spirit Peacock stick; trailing tail is Fly Tying Specialties Hare & Ice Dubbing (Tan); underwing two CDC feathers; hackle two turns of brown hen hackle.




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