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Do Tattered Flies Fish Better?

Chewed Up Mayday Mayfly
There is an age old adage amongst fly anglers that our hook up rate increases proportionate to our fly becoming more and more chewed up. I’m confident many of us have experienced this – as the day goes on, and if we are fortunate enough not to loose that single fly that’s been catching all the fish, our success rate increases. Instead of attributing this to an increase in insect activity, or the rust of our skills haven been shaken off early in the day, we give credit to our tattered fly pattern that continues to catch more and more fish as the day goes on. And once again last Saturday while Euro Nymphing a small stream, whether or not it truly was my fly, I had a magical day on the water catching more and more fish as my fly became more and more mangled.

 

Warrior Extreme - Brown

Here is what the Mayday Mayfly pattern looks like fresh off the vise.

Mayfly Fly Pattern

Early in the day this particular fly looks and fishes great. However… a few dozen fish later…

Tattered Fly Pattern

…a mangled Mayday Mayfly that can’t seem to keep the fish off. Once again the myth of the tattered fly has proven to be true!

Learn to tie the Mayday Mayfly

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 
 

 

Iron Lotus Fly- Mayfly Nymph Imitation

Iron Lotus tutorial now available, click here.

The other day I was in Cabela’s talking to fly tyer Lance Egan (creator of the Rainbow Warrior, Frenchie, Iron Lotus… etc) and we got to talking about the Iron Lotus as a mayfly imitation. I had never fished this pattern of his, but Egan creations always rank high in my book so I tied some up that night. I have been fishing them for a week, and the PMD version of the Iron Lotus has been out fishing my other go-to PMD nymph patterns. It straight up catches fish… video (or tutorial) coming soon!

Recipe:

Hook: Dai- Rikii 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon hackle fibers
Abdomen: Rusty-brown thread
Rib: Yellow thread
Wing Case: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Natural Squirrel or Brown Semi-Seal Dubbing

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