Another vid coming from the anglers at Tight Lines Fly Shop. I don’t fish the hex hatch, as I’ve only ever seen a couple around my lakes and streams and the fish around here don’t key in on mayflies this large it seems. At any rate, here is a great technique demonstrated for tying a tight buoyant extended body for any mayfly. If you want to change up the species, just switch the scale and colour to suit the hatch. I like the use of caribou on the fly, I have a clump of it on my bench that is suddenly calling my name.
Did I mention I love CDC? Here is another CDC pattern, this one a blue winged olive or Baetis emerger tied up by John Collins for riseformstudio.tv. The pattern is intended to be fished deeper in the water because the BWO’s hatch on the substrate of the waters and emerge to the surface as adults. You can also fish the fly in the film if you wish, and if that is your intention, I would recommend to skip the wire rib to keep the pattern lighter.
Hook: Dai Riki 270 #18 – #20
Thread: Dark Brown
Rib: Brown Ultrawire Small
Tail: Mallard Flank Dyed Olive
Dubbing: Olive Rabbit
Wing: Dark Dun CDC Puff
This pattern is demonstrated by Alan Bithell out of the UK. This looks to be a simple pattern to tie, but like many other “simple”patterns, it is much harder than it looks. It is an interesting style of tying, and first seen flies in this style when Roy Christie sent me a few of his patterns across the pond. There’s no doubt that they work effectively, so give hem a try. One of the aspects of this style that I like is that the hook is hidden from the fish. a downside to this is that the fish has to hit this fly aggressively for a solid take, but not a major issue. It would have a good hook rate once the fish has the fly because of the hook location I think. Off to the vise to do some product research. 🙂