Mayfly Spinner

Cap'n Fishy

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Col do you use natural FP feathers or dyed? as your pictures make the fly yellowish or maybe it's just my bad eyes 🙂

FP totally undyed. There is a little yellowish colouration in them, just back from the tips. Also, there is the glow from the Light Cahill body and the thorax dubbing mix. I promise you the white-balance of the photos is OK: 6400K. ;)

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The mayfly hatch on my club's lake is sparse and sporadic and the trout seem scared of them usually. Strange as they will take a large daddy-long-legs with gusto! They will take a lot of empty mayfly shucks and I have caught a few on a shuck pattern I devised over the winter. It is tied on a Kamasan B405 which is short shank and lightweight. Just a length of tan or cream polypropylene floss tied as a detached body. Treat with gink or similar and it will float quite well. It is easily shredded by the fish but is simple to tie.
Tight lines!
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Frantic ... I also think a shuck pattern or two is well worth having on standby.There is always a certain percentage of fish which are more focussed/ selective on the most prolific food source available,to a lesser or greater extent.Most of the time our mayfly patterns work just fine but every now and then we will encounter a few which are doing something different,ignoring natural adults as well as our artificial. I’ve picked off few of those guys with shuck patterns. This big crippled midge has worked well . I’ll try tying up a few of yours..👍

 

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Col do you use natural FP feathers or dyed? as your pictures make the fly yellowish or maybe it's just my bad eyes 🙂
Another thing - make sure your monitor is not set to too warm a white balance - it could make white things appear yellow - and it will basically make all colours wrong! My monitor is calibrated by a colorimeter every month, so I know it is giving accurate colours.

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Frantic ... I also think a shuck pattern or two is well worth having on standby.There is always a certain percentage of fish which are more focussed/ selective on the most prolific food source available,to a lesser or greater extent.Most of the time our mayfly patterns work just fine but every now and then we will encounter a few which are doing something different,ignoring natural adults as well as our artificial. I’ve picked off few of those guys with shuck patterns. This big crippled midge has worked well . I’ll try tying up a few of yours..👍
Yeh - I certainly had a bit of the swimming past my fly thing on a recent club outing. I will need to experiment more with shuck patterns - a job for next year, realistically now...

The problem for me is I have become addicted to that spinner 😜 ... and I need my dropper fly to be something that I can see as a sighter for the long-range jobs... hence me using Wulffs and Found Links and the likes...

Col
 

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That's more flies to tie over the winter guys! Taking a look at the real thing, I think my shuck pattern could be improved by adding a few markings with a brown felt-tip pen. Thanks for the photos, much better than mine!
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Col thanks for sharing, absolutely superb detail and an excellent pattern to add to the collection as a must have. I'll be tying some of these as soon as I can get some spanex. I can also see the same pattern working for March Browns
 

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Col thanks for sharing, absolutely superb detail and an excellent pattern to add to the collection as a must have. I'll be tying some of these as soon as I can get some spanex. I can also see the same pattern working for March Browns
For sure - it's a technique that can be applied to any spinner, by modifying the materials and size.

Col
 
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