Spring fishing means midges all over the place. Both the the adults and the pupaes are cool imitations to fish. The fish, even the small ones, can be extremely selective and difficult. I did a post on these some time ago, but I wanted to present them again. This pattern has always been in my boxes. Besides being one of the first flies I learned to tie, it is also one of my most fished patterns. The colors presented here are my two favourites. The green one seems to be the best in my local waters.This one rarely fails on rising trout…in our times of UV domination, on all kinds of flies, this really is an old school pattern.
1. Tie in some strands of clear antron. Do not cut the ends at this point.
2. Tie in the copper thread and the floss.
3. Wind the floss around the hook shank. Follow with the copper in nice turns as a ribbing.
4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl to form the thorax. Whip-finish and varnish.
Floss Buzzer Red…
Time for yet another order of flies heading for Iceland. This is a simple and highly effective pattern. It is has proven itself the last three years of fishing on the island. The wing is made from clear antron,but can be substituted with cdc or snowshoe. Choosing hooks in small sizes are a critical matter. I tend to tie all my small flies on either TMC 2488 or TMC 100. I think they prove to be the strongest and most reliable in this range of hooks. The color of the fly can also be changed into an all white or grey midge. I am tired of tying right now…will go fishing!
Body: Black Fly-rite
Wing: Clear white antron
Head: Black cdc (twisted)
“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration” (Izaac Walton)
I found this nice pattern on smallflyfunk blog. It´s a size 26…it looks cool!
Sometimes I start to think about this subject. The obvious reasons are that the quality is much better than “industrial” flies,besides you get the exact patterns you want. I have created flies since I was about ten years old. I tied my first Rakkelhane at a friends house and understood right away that something had happened. It was a mental thing, and it made me rush to the local fly shop the day after where I bought a starter set from Turall. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with hooks,feathers,furs and synthetics. But what makes a grown man sit hour after hour creating small things of both natural and synthetic material. For me the goal is not necessarily to catch fish. A quote from J.Gartside says it all: “Even if there were no fish in the world,I would still tie flies”.
Ever since the early days I´ve tied flies for sale. My own boxes are always in need. Most of my time at the bench is spent tying for others. My flies are well traveled, much more so than their maker. I sometimes envy them. They go off to foreign streams,rivers and lakes and discover the world while I sit at my bench dreaming.
It becomes an obsession, one never gets to be an expert in this game, there are always new things to learn and new secrets to reveal. Fly tying is knowledge about animals,birds,entomology,fish and nature as a whole. Fly tying is in its own right a state of mind.
This is what I´ve really been doing the last few days…these midges are going to Iceland and will soon sit in the jaws of Icelandic browns. I am sending about 122 midges to Iceland,as if they really need more over there.
Why UV when you’ve got a woman in the house? I realize that the different UV options give a nicer fly,but nail lacquer is always available. Besides it’s available in a well of colors, at least in my house.
I have used the brand named O.P.I for these ones…these are tied after a few beers as well,so if they look a bit scruffy you’ll know why…
The Halo Midge Emerger (Original)
Gary La Fontaine was a great fly fisherman. I have read most of his books over and over again. Some of his theories may come across as a bit weird and sometimes to detailed. With the exception of the emergent sparkle pupa and a couple of others I have never really fished his flies a lot. On the other hand, his theories and ideas are with me when tying or fishing. His fly designs are not beautiful flies, they often look strange and awkward. They are effective fishing flies. They are based on what fish see from under the water and what makes it go for the fly. Some of the chapters in his brilliant book “The Dry Fly” certainly give food for thought on a lot of subjects concerning the way we think of imitations.
One of the imitations that interested me from the start were The Halo Midge Emerger. It doesn’t quite look like a midge pupa, but Fontaine states that it is enough for the pattern to simply rest partly in and partly under the water. Further he says: “The shape of an emerging midge pupa is critical to proper imitation, but it is not the triggering characteristic. The most important aspect of the natural is the quicksilver brightness of the air within the transparent outer sheath. If an air bubble is visible in the emerging insect, it overwhelms every other feature”
Matt´s Gnat Possum
Inspiration is a wonderful thing. A few days ago M.Fauvet(The Limp Cobra) posted a tying video by Matt Grobert. Never heard of him and have never seen the technique he uses for spinning peacock herl with fur or other material. I got inspired and carried away. Check out Matt Grobert´s YT-channel or go to: http://thelimpcobra.com/. Special thanks to Mr.Fauvet!
Peacock & Duck
The Black One
The Red One
Matt´s Gnat Snowshoe
Matt´s Gnat CdC
The classic buzzer are probably my most reliable pattern. I have fished this fly for about 25 years. Sometimes I need the fly to go deeper or sink as it hits the water. For these buzzers I use a very small gold head. The parachute midge is very effective when the fish goes on a wild feeding frenzy…