Lickety Split- Mayfly Emerger Pattern

It’s March and the Blue Winged Olives are starting to hatch here in Utah. Other mayflies are soon to come as this year starts to warm up. Lickety Split is a split case nymph that imitates the early stage of an emerging mayfly. Often times the soft adult is trapped and drowned inside the exuviae as it attempts to hatch into its winged terrestrial form. Other times these nymphs are freely drifting down stream as they begin to emerge from nymph to adult. In both cases the natural insect can be represented by the Lickety Split. The black bodied variation that I tie in the video is one of my go to attractor nymphs year round. Mayflies are present in most streams and rivers and this fly is very often the ticket to success. Other times when fish are being more selective for BWO nymphs/emergers, or PMD’s I fish one of the Lickety split variations found below.

On another exciting note, this is one of my first flies that is being picked up by Rainy’s Flies to be commercially produced and sold to fly shops around the world. It will be available in 2013, but until then you will have to tie them up yourselves if you are to fish them! Enjoy and go give it a tie!


Recipe: (Pink and Black)
Hook: Dai Riki 135 (Sizes 14-20)
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Weight: Lead Wire
Thread: Black Uni thread 8/0
Tail: Coq de Leon (dark)
Rib: Tippet material (3x for 14, 4x for 16, 5x for 18, and 6x for 20)
Body: Black Uni thread 8/0
Wing case: Med. Black Holo Tinsel and pink foam
Legs: Coq de Leon (dark)
Glue for body: Loon’s Hard Head Clear 
 

Recipe: (BWO)
Hook: Dai Riki 135 (Sizes 14-20)
Bead: Gunmetal or Black Nickel Tungsten
Weight: Lead Wire
Thread: Olive Uni thread 8/0
Tail: Coq de Leon (dark)
Rib: Tippet material (3x for 14, 4x for 16, 5x for 18, and 6x for 20)
Body: Olive Uni thread 8/0
Wing case: Med. Black Holo Tinsel and green foam
Legs: Coq de Leon (dark)
Glue for body: Loon’s Hard Head Clear 
 
 
 
Recipe: (PMD)
Hook: Dai Riki 135 (Sizes 14-20)
Bead: Gunmetal or Black Nickel Tungsten
Weight: Lead Wire
Thread: Rusty Brown Uni thread 8/0
Tail: Coq de Leon (dark)
Rib: Tippet material (3x for 14, 4x for 16, 5x for 18, and 6x for 20)
Body: Rusty Brown Uni thread 8/0
Wing case: Med. Brown Holo Tinsel and yellow foam
Legs: Coq de Leon (dark)
Glue for body: Loon’s Hard Head Clear 
 

 

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