William ties a really beautiful fly. This emerger is one of the nicest I’ve seen in a while. The body uses 3 hairs from elk and moose so that there is a color difference in the body. This combination gives the body the look if a stripped peacock quill body. It is reinforced with a coating of UV resin, creating a durable fly body.
The floating portion of the fly is comprised of snowshoe hare feet and deer hair. The fly will float wonderfully while the body dips into the drink. I can’t wait until spring to give this pattern a throw.
Danica Emerger Fly Tying Pattern Recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu F22 #10
Thread: UTC 70 white
Body: Elk Hair or Moose Mane Hair
Resin: UV Resin
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Thorax and Legs: Snowshoe Hare
Wing: Winter Deer Hair
Some really nice production on this clip as it a teaser for the ‘Flies that Catch Fish Volume One – Dry Flies and Emergers” DVD from On the Fly Productions. Snowshoe is a nice material to tie with and a pair of feet can really go a long way in terms of the amount of flies you can get. I keep a few staple SSH patterns including the usual in my own boxes. This one is pretty simple and I think it would benefit from using Don Ordes’ rope dubbing technique on the body and thorax.
More of one of my favorite materials to fish, the Snowshoe Hare (SSH) foot. This pattern is tied up by Josh Stanish, a tyer out of Montana. This Bunny Dun pattern is a nice little mayfly imitation and you can just switch up the colors to mimic other types of mayflies. Thanks to the Weekly Fly for bringing lots of great patterns week after week. There are some awesome tips in this video on how to use SSH.
Hook: Standard or straight eye Dry fly Hook (TMC 101) #14-20 Thread: 70 Denier UTC Thread, Color to match Tail: Light Dun Microfibbets Body: Superfine Dubbing (PMD) Wing: Light Dun snowshoe rabbit foot.