Friday, 20 April 2012

Tying up some Mayflies beats the rain.....

Had booked a days holiday today well actually had a day booked earlier in the week but ended up working it so had today of instead.  Anyway today all the rivers were up and running very coloured so for a couple of hours I amused myself filling a fly box.  For the small streams I have two boxes scientifically split into two groups these I call big flies and small flies....


Over the last few years the number of patterns I tie have been getting less and less but the mayfly is one I always have prepared.  I am fortunate in that several of the rivers I fish can have superb mayfly hatches so being ready is a must.  The mayflies  reside in half of my big fly box, the other half is sedges and daddies and the like....

Anyway today I tied half a box of mayflies , spinners , duns and some spent patterns with cdc instead of hackles .... The patterns I use arent complicated and are very simple to tie but they all take fish and it doesnt hurt to bad when I leave them in overhanging bushes ....


It isnt as good as spending an afternoon fishing but it helps you look forward to warm evenings filled with the sound and sight of rising fish.....


As for pattern , The spinners are silver badger hackle , Cream Antron body and microfibbets for tail.  The Duns have light Olive antron body and Golden badger hackles and the Spent pattern has Cream antron body natural CDC feathers for wings and pheasant tail fibre for tails.  All patterns have fine black wire ribs..
They are a very simple pattern but I have found they work well .

2 comments:

Kiwi said...

Nice looking boxes of flies!

The Jassid Man said...

Yes, sometimes it's necessary to change from fishing to something more productive and suitable considering the weather.
Have fun filling your fly boxes,
M.O.