No. 14 – Fishing Tips
26 May 2016 | Paul Procter
Almost Mayfly Time
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.