I’m prepping for spring and making some flies.
It’s not a great photo up above, via my phone, but I wanted to share a shot of a midge emerger that I tie. Size 30 hook, black thread, CDC wing. Sometimes I add segmentation and a shuck, and sometimes, I do not. I’ve caught fish on both versions.
My new light and magnifier kit makes tying these flies much easier. I can actually see what I’m doing! I enjoy making the flies, for I love the challenge. I do have to work very slowly, though, as every thread wrap matters and I want a fly with a slim profile. If you want to skip the hassles, of course, you can order a bunch from Dan Trela.
I’ve been able to fish larger emerger flies on faster water or for newly-stocked trout. But, when I fish dries on very slow water or to savvy trout, the small flies do much better. Also, I just bought some 10x tippet. Hope I never have to use it!