Monday, April 13, 2015

Split Shuck Floater - Hi Viz Post & CDC Back

DESCRIPTION: During midge hatches on spring creeks, trout are quietly feeding on these tiny insects. When hatch is strong, it's incredible to see that even some very large trout show themselves and rise. What an iconic scene of spring creek fishing!! DePuy's Spring Creek ( Winter Pass Season 2014-2015 was filled with plenty of such activities. In the fall of 2014, my past patterns such as Midge APE and Pupaerger did good jobs yet I started tying them in different colors. In the spring of 2015, things got complicated. Several different midges, in terms of sizes and colors, hatched at the same time. Resident trout started to show themselves out of their winter hide-outs and lots of trout (rainbows to spawn and browns & cutts to follow) were moving into the creek. They all fed actively but VERY SELECTIVELY. I can't emphasize how our fishing became challenging. One day after such challenging morning, I visited Mr. Buzz at Spring Creek Specialists Fly Shop ( He showed me a couple of his favorite/effective patterns. As I copied them, I started to add my own idea, interpretation, and fancy. Then again, in various colors and sizes. They did work!! I was able to pick up those challenging selective feeders, including some BIG ones!!

Point is: A very low-profile dry-fly that represents the period when midge adult is struggling to escape its pupal shuck on the surface. YES!! I've seen this many a time!!, as hatch has been so thick!!
Then midges we are talking can be as small as 24 or 26. So I believe we need some visibility. This is what I came up with, followed by great successes!!

Hi-Viz Post Version
It's really just for us to see, not a wing or a parachute. It's just a small amount that should not be seen from trout angle. Just simply apply your favorite oil-type floatant ONLY on the post, it sets very low on the water film. That means trout can see the split-back and pupal shuck (tail of the fly). Then struggling legs and wings of coming out adult are expressed by hackle.

I found that following 4 colors are very essential at Livingston's spring creeks. I do believe this should work pretty much anywhere when fishing for midges.

Light olive

CDC Back Version
If your idiosyncrasy barks at you, as mine did to me, that "even if it's sparse, the post can be seen by trout!!", I believe this version will satisfy all Visibility, Silhouette, and Flotation.  This is actually much closer to the pattern Buzz introduced me. Yet, shuck (tail) and abdomen are my own ideas.
Make sure to apply CDC Oil on the back, coated by Frog's Fanny. That way, it will stay visible even on windy days.

Color schemes follow as above but I believe it's worth showing.

Light Olive 

This midge species must be somewhat out of ordinary for most folks but they exist & hatch a lot on DePuy Spring Creek. Trout love them. Through experiments and results, I'm very positive these two versions of mine can imitate even this odd looking species due to my idea for the tail material.
Following are true & honest proof pics of trout caught by these two patterns!!

22-incher on size 22...........

PLEASE SPECIFY either Hi-Viz Post or CDC Back.
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZE: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24
Tying Video: Not yet shot. I will do one version at a time.

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