No. 14 – Fishing Tips

26 May 2016 | Paul Procter

Almost Mayfly Time
As many will know, we’re on the cusp of Duffer’s Fortnight when mayflies fill the air and trout apparently gorge themselves to near bursting point. It all sounds too good to be true and, whilst there’ll be occasions when trout literally fling themselves at flies, sometimes they assume more timid behaviour.

Understandably, little compares with presenting a bushy dun creation to a feeding fish and watching the drama unfold as it lifts to engulf your offering. However, chances are, plenty of refusals are likely too, especially during the initial days of mayfly activity. You see, fish can sometimes be a tad overwhelmed by the sheer size of natural flies and of course, any representations we care to use.

Bear in mind too that trout have an uncanny knack of harvesting a food source with minimal effort, and given duns have a habit of disappearing in a blur of wings without warning, instead they turn to the emerging fly. Trapped in their prison-like shucks, eclosing nymphs are not only a guaranteed meal, hanging subsurface, they’re now easier for fish to intercept.

Spawned at my vice a couple of seasons ago, and utilizing the busy appearance of a marabou shuck, this brace of emergers have come to my rescue plenty of times. Although the Loopwing version sports a hackle, this is trimmed on the underside for a low-riding fly. The Elk Hair Emerger automatically hangs with its best part subsurface.

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Although fully emerged, you can clearly see the profile of this mayfly’s discarded shuck, which, on an emerging fly, acts as a trigger to trout.

Supported by a loop of poly yarn, and with its best part hanging subsurface, the Loopwing Emerger is rendered low riding.

This Elk Hair Emerger represents a near-fully enclosed fly, on the cusp of freeing itself from the shuck. The swept-back wing makes it streamline for casting when it’s less prone to spinning.