With fishing not in cards for a while due to schedules, it has been fun to engage in fly fishing while not actually fishing.
So, I peruse my Instagram feed, which is full of fly tiers. I read some fly fishing blogs. I also recently went through my fishing log and noticed that one fly last spring did extremely well. So, I’ve tied a few up to get ready for spring fishing. For a reason I don’t know, a more pronounced emerger, such as the WD-40, does better for me in early summer.
Here is the list of materials. I do add a small drop of Loon UV Finish Thin on the head to strengthen the whip-finish knot. So simple, yet so effective:
Hook: Tiemco 2488H size 20. This is a heavy-wire hook with a 3x gape. The gape is important for better hooking power for such a small fly
Body: UTC 70 olive-brown
Ribbing: Extra-small gold Ultra Wire. I do about three wraps. Might be coincidental, but when I add many wraps to add more segmentation, I get fewer takes
Thorax: Peacock herl. I love this material. Is iridescent and has fibers that move when underwater. I use a stem with shorter fibers and attach the herl to the hook so that the fibers are sticking up