After a lot of frustration, I feel I’m now starting to get a hang for making them. I use tweezers to handle the small hooks, and I make sure to keep the hook eyes clear. I tie on the wood duck feathers first and whip finish behind the thorax rather than crowd the hook eye. I take out one hook at a time, as they’re easy to lose.
I think the Swift trout are fun to land, as they’re usually pretty big. But, as you know, they’re quite selective. I’ve found that pressured fish tend to be more susceptible to small flies.
I don’t know why. On the Swift, the midge hatches happen year round. Maybe the trout key in on that food. Or, maybe it’s because they don’t often see an emerger fly that small (e.g., the smallest WD-40 on a typical site is a size #22).
Regardless, it’s one of my favorite flies for the Swift, and it’s time to replenish the fly box.
A happy July 4th to all!