Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Rusty Spinner

Hook:           Standard Dry #14 - 10
Thread:        Rusty Brown 8/0
Tail:              Synthetic Fibers Dun
Body:            Goose or Turkey Biot Rusty Brown
Wing Case:   Dun Medallion Sheeting
Hackle:         1X Short Dun
Wing:             Clear Medallion Sheeting
Thorax:          Rusty Brown Superfine

(Pattern From Shane Stalcup's, Mayflies "Top to Bottom")

Notes on the Fly

Over the last season this fly has out produced every spinner pattern I have ever tried.  Have you ever wondered why a standard Rusty Spinner has no hackle, but standard 'Real Spinners' have legs?  There are three things that really set this fly apart from others in it's class.  The Medallion wings are very realistic, unlike other synthetic fibers, gathered hackle, or hen tip wings.  The biot body gives off a nice buggy appearance with natural segmentation, and the flush short hackle gives the all important appearance of legs.  

Most early season spinner falls are very productive for the average fisherman, because of the hungry trout and shear numbers of spinners on the water.  This I believe, is the reason for the very basic patterns people tie/buy, and fish with.  However, even with these relatively 'easy' conditions I have witnessed some veteran fisherman getting practically skunked on the water during an intense early season spinner fall.  So far this pattern has worked every time, even when others are not hooking up.  

The only thing I would caution when using this pattern is the poor casting qualities of it's spent medallion wings.  These can cause some major leader twisting so beware.  One way I have over come this issue is smashing up the wings, or even slicing them up.  The fish do not care, and if you examine a real spinner on the water they rarely look perfect, because after all, they are dead.  

Give this pattern a try.  It takes a little longer than a basic rusty spinner, but trust me it is worth the extra effort.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Surface Midge

Hook:           1X fine Curved #18 - 30
Thread:        Black 10/0
Shuck:          Light Dun CDC
Wing:            Light Dun CDC
Body:            Thread
Thorax:         Black Superfine

Notes on the Fly

I finally hooked a fish on the surface Sunday... and this was the fly.  When I arrived to the stream there were plenty of insects fluttering around and an occasional riser.  As I settled into the water I picked out a couple of the more steady risers and began to cast the staple midge surface patterns I have caught plenty of fish on before... nothing.  I had recently tied this pattern as an experiment, so I thought I would give it a try, determined to avoid the sunken drift.  After a few casts I had my first fish of the season to hand with a dry fly.  

The pattern is a flush floating emerger that is easy to tie, but not the easiest to see (but neither are real midge emergers so I look at this as a good thing).  When fishing small patterns that you can't see, mark where the fly hits the water, and visualize the flies path.  Watch the water for a rise in the area, and lift on anything that looks close.  If the lift proves unsuccessful let the fly continue following the new mark left by the lift.  Some fish begin to follow the fly after the slight movement.