It was time to work with some newly-arrived hooks: the Tiemco 2488 in sizes 18, 20 and 22. As you may recall, this is my favorite hook for small nymphs due to its 3x gape. And, as I keep writing, they just look plain sexy.
As I also have shared before, small emergers (and, soft hackles) are incredibly effective in the summer, particularly when you let them rise at the end of the drift. I use a variety of materials to create seductive movement, including small Hungarian Partridge feathers and CDC feathers and feather-puffs.
Today, I was re-loading on WD-40s and decided to use some of the downy fibers at the bottom of a Coq de Leon stem to make a new fly. I like to minimize waste.
I couldn’t rotate the short fibers around the hook too much, but did use them to create a thorax and have a tuft of wings up top. I like the color contrast and the many wispy fibers that hopefully will be strike triggers.
I think this fly will work well in the surface film as a dry or attached as a dropper to a tightlining rig when BWOs and midges are around.
It’s a pretty easy tie:
- Hook: Tiemco 2488, size 18, 20 or 22
- Body: UTC 70, olive-brown
- Ribbing: UTC wire, gold, extra-small
- Thorax and wing: downy fibers from a CDL stem (moisten the fibers to make easier the wrapping around the hook)