Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yes, flies and imitations. Well another three handy flies to have at this time of year also cover a variety of insects – and two of them are not dry flies they are emergers.
Remember in part one we were talking about the Large Dark Olive – well these flies are all more pretty good representations for it.
What are Emergers?
An emerger is what a fly is before it actually comes forth as a fully fledged adult, half is underwater and half is popping out its little shell like body. Trout love this as the damn thing can’t do something annoying like fly away.
So the first classic emerger is:
Hans Van Klinken’s Klinkhåmer Special
(Photo:Rudy van Duijnhoven)
Right – Instead of me twittering on about this rather deadly fly head over to Hans Van Klinken’s site and check it out.
It can be bought in pretty much every tackle shop however if you can master the tying of it then you can really have a lot of fun experimenting with various colours of wing post and different coloured bodies. This is a good prospecting fly , casting blind to likely looking runs and riffles – I reckon it is often mistook for a terrestrial or a spider.
It is a tricky fly to tie – although not as tricky as this next fly and unfortunetly this one cannot be bought in the shops:
(Bob Wyatt’s) Deer Hair Emerger
In his book “Trout Hunting” Bob Wyatt says this is an easy fly to tie – well, I have spent the last year trying to get the damn thing to float the right way up. I think I have pretty much cracked it for this season though and am looking forward to fishing it properly. Mike swears by it so it cant be half bad !
(Fly: Bob Wyatt, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann)
For tying notes please head over to Hans Weilenmann‘s most excellent site.
For Bob Wyatt’s take on trout fishing buy his book from Amazon (even though he deserted Scotland for a beach in Australia)
And this brings us quite nicely onto the third fly – which is not strictly an emerger however can behave like one – it is a fly which I would never not have in my box – yes it is the…
(Pattern: Hans Weilenmann, Fly and photograph: Hans Weilenmann)
Hans Weilenmann (like Bob Wyatt) developed this fly as it has all the natural triggers that a trout would home in on:lots of legs, a trailing nymphal shuck and a representation for a wing or crippled wings.
Better than anything it is a piece of cake to tie – much easier than Wyatt’s fly and not as fiddly as the Klinkhåmer Special. Make sure you head over to Hans Weilenmann’s site and read how to tie it.
All your flies should be in a few sizes – sometimes going down a size (or up) will provoke a reaction from a hungry trout.
Remember, all these flies are good prospecting flies – even if you see nothing hatching still have a cast in likely looking spots. The easiest way to fish a dry fly if there are no obvious risers is to stand at the bottom of a riffle or broken water and cast upstream letting the dry fly drift down towards you – the trout only has a brief moment to make a decision and will usually rise to it. Watch the fly like a hawk for the trout and tighten immediately.