Tag Archives: Emerger

Floating Nymph – Ryan Spillers

This pattern reminds me of a pattern I used to tie, but didn’t have much luck with when I first started fly fishing. My attempts at the fly were done on a straight shank hook, (first mistake) and used a bulky 3mm foam. I also tied it for stillwaters, but I have never tried it on a stream. I like the wingcase here as well as it could serve somewhat as an indicator if you use some brighter colors on it. I know a few spots this would work well on my home streams and will tie a few for the emerger box.

Hook: Scud hook Daiichi 1130
Thread: 8/0
Tail: Turkey tail
Body: Turkey tail
Rib: Copper wire
Wing Case: 2mm foam yellow and black (or to pattern)
Thorax: Turkey tail fluff


Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa – Hans Stephenson

A nice little emerger to fish in the film. Hans mentions that he “greases” the CDC, so it would be alright to sub in some other materials for the post that is a bit more durable. Adding floatant to CDC will push down the air trapping barbules on the feather that help male it a natural floater. If you do use CDC, it should float nicely in the film without the floatant.

Hook: Diichi 1130
Thread: Black 16/0
Post: White CDC (3)
Body: Pheasant tail
Rib: silver wire
Thorax: Peacock or Olive Brown Ice Dub