I'd prefer yours in a flat calm, but the original with white floss breathers stands out well in a wave.
Yeah, because of the way I tie them ,it does mean I’m a bit restricted to using them for flat,sticky water or pin ripple conditions. I like to keep the breathers short and sparse too,not relying on them as a floatation aid.I scuff up the top of the fly with Velcro and apply the floatant on the dubbing fibres I’ve picked out...PS just noticed breathers on yours, I thought you'd left them out!
A good mate of mine said to me years ago......”Scotty, look at what they eat”......and it just stuck, sparse and drab tends to win the day most daysMe too Scotty,I’ve learnt there is a time and place for big n bulky but most of the stuff I use for catching fish is thin and scrotty 95% of the time,been that way forever...
Aye we do catch the occasional sorry looking specimen which is obviously on its last legs.The average quality at the Lake these days is very good to be honest.Quint and his team are doing a fantastic job.Yeah the buggers go thin and scrawny after they been jagged a few times....
Nice Jimmy - about 2 weeks to the Duckfly over here . I'm sure they would work on Corrib but lockdown means I can't go up
No disrespect to Mr Shipman and not knocking it’s undoubted effectiveness but I’ve never thought his chunky original dressing looked much like a buzzer. I prefer them slim and sparse.
The main hatch is about a week to 10 days at its height and then tapers off . Some years are longer than others . Different parts of the Lough will have the hatch at different times so if you move around you might get 2 and a half weeks out of it.That’s a pity Ian, how long does the duck fly hatch usually last over there..?