Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rusty Spinner Flymph Style

If you are like me, you might call this another lazy fly like a baetis soft hackle pattern below. With this one, the reason being lazy is not because of size and visibility but the time of the day.
Description: Epeorus hatch is well-known through Madison below Quake Lake during summer. Their emergence occur in the evening and continue into spinner falls till dark. (So is another well-known Hydropsyche caddis hatch, but no stories or flies here.) Both Epeorus and caddis actions continue way after 10pm. But people start to leave around 8:30pm. Ones who remain would feel lucky but surroundings would look too lonely, especially for a solo angler like me. Anyway some good and visible spinner patterns and your headlight should help you catch fish. But being a soft-hackle mania, I believe this idea of mine surly will do some work. Flymph is often introduced as an emerger pattern, but also since it's fished subsurface, it can be a drowned spinner, a egg-laying adult sucked under the film and washed away. Instead of original shaggy and baggy flymph tying, I made a skinny body with super-fine-dub in a spinner style. Yet I wrapped with a small gold tinsel and finished the hackle with the flymph style. This fly should be fished as a dry-fly (with floatant) and swung after dead-drifts. Or if your mind is on your footsteps in the dark (with or without a headlight), just swing it. You don't have to see it, instead just feel the tug. So I really feel this fly combines all the theories, situations, and tactics at least in my mind. Then again it can be so in public only if you are a soft-hackle mania........

Not exactly with this pattern, but I did catch one nice rainbow in the dark by swinging a flymph. It was a bit after 10pm. To emphasize its effect and the situation, it was at just below $3 Bridge parking lot.

Price: $2.25 each.  Flies will be packed in a little container.

Size: 14, 16, 18, 20 with 1XL nymph hook (TMC 3761 or Dai-Riki 060).

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