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    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    Thank you folks - that is exactly the kind of help I was looking for - but it is so windy here this weekend I doubt anything other than crows will be flying! It is wet too, torrential rain, allowing me an hour to peruse the flies suggested. I am told our hatch goes on into mid June, so I should be in time.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    As much as I like the mohican mayfly and I've fished it a lot this year a matched size cdc and elk is equally as good and a lot easier to tie

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayP View Post
    As much as I like the mohican mayfly and I've fished it a lot this year a matched size cdc and elk is equally as good and a lot easier to tie
    I don't tie anything smaller than about a size 2 - bass, pollack, pike I can tie, but I struggle to even put these tiny trout flies on a line. I have tried to tie trout flies, but even a pheasant tail has defeated me. I can't seem to hang on to the short materials.

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    I've just finished almost 4 weeks of guiding for groups on the chalkstreams. Itchen, Test, Frome, Nadder and Dever. Very mixed ability groups which made life difficult.

    Looking through the records my best mayfly pattern was the Alex Jardine Betsy May emerger, followed by an updated version of my 'Orrible pattern which uses pale yellow beaver fur for the body and is thus the 'Orrible Beaver and finally a spent pattern tied Klinkhamer style with a white body, black rib, a peacock Glister thorax and black & light blue dun genetic hackles parachute style round a white Aerodry wing post. Other flies weighed in one or two, but those three scored consistently well.

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    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    I've just finished almost 4 weeks of guiding for groups on the chalkstreams. Itchen, Test, Frome, Nadder and Dever. Very mixed ability groups which made life difficult.

    Looking through the records my best mayfly pattern was the Alex Jardine Betsy May emerger, followed by an updated version of my 'Orrible pattern which uses pale yellow beaver fur for the body and is thus the 'Orrible Beaver and finally a spent pattern tied Klinkhamer style with a white body, black rib, a peacock Glister thorax and black & light blue dun genetic hackles parachute style round a white Aerodry wing post. Other flies weighed in one or two, but those three scored consistently well.
    That’s interesting as I also find my emerger/cripple is far more successful than the full dries. Presumably as the they are an easier target than something that could fly off any second.

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    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    Barbless Flies are still selling their mayfly pack - Barbless Flies - Mayfly Selection

    I've had luck with the spinners in the late evening this year. Even when there isn't spinners in the river, the trout still take them.

  7. #17

    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    I've just finished almost 4 weeks of guiding for groups on the chalkstreams. Itchen, Test, Frome, Nadder and Dever. Very mixed ability groups which made life difficult.

    Looking through the records my best mayfly pattern was the Alex Jardine Betsy May emerger, followed by an updated version of my 'Orrible pattern which uses pale yellow beaver fur for the body and is thus the 'Orrible Beaver and finally a spent pattern tied Klinkhamer style with a white body, black rib, a peacock Glister thorax and black & light blue dun genetic hackles parachute style round a white Aerodry wing post. Other flies weighed in one or two, but those three scored consistently well.
    Any pictures please? Because your description is meaningless to me.

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    You'll find the Betsy May in February 2019 Trout & Salmon. It's a bit of a b*gger to tie at first, but OK when you get the hang of it and well worth the effort. If you're pushed PM me your address and I'll send you one of each.

    The 'Orrible Beaver is a spin-off from a mayfly pattern I first created about 3 years ago. This version has a pale yellow beaver fur body, palmered with a cream short-fibred genetic saddle hackle. The head hackles are a CDC feather and a dun coloured saddle hackle. Because of the CDC you will need Dry Magic floatant or similar,

    The spent is as described.

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    You'll find the Betsy May in February 2019 Trout & Salmon. It's a bit of a b*gger to tie at first, but OK when you get the hang of it and well worth the effort. If you're pushed PM me your address and I'll send you one of each.

    The 'Orrible Beaver is a spin-off from a mayfly pattern I first created about 3 years ago. This version has a pale yellow beaver fur body, palmered with a cream short-fibred genetic saddle hackle. The head hackles are a CDC feather and a dun coloured saddle hackle. Because of the CDC you will need Dry Magic floatant or similar,

    The spent is as described.

  9. #19

    Default Re: Mayflies - flies to use?

    Get a pro tyer to do you some "Found Links"

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  10. #20

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    Oh - and get your pro tyer to do you some paraloop spinners...





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