This blog will take off where the book "Unsinkable Dry Flies" left off, listing new and different ways to tie flies by attaching a air bubble to the hook. The flies displayed may be imitations of flies found in other reference materials or something completely unique. If you have a new idea email us, we will endeavor to post it on the Blog with your credit.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BWO - Emerger - Tying Mayflys

Recently I found a great article in Flyfishing & Tying Journal (Summer 2015) by Boots Allen titled Better Buoyancy for Your Mayfly Emergers.  While the article content is outstanding and I'm a believer in the use of foam, the application of Heat Shrink tubing can create a Ever Float Emerger that will out perform any emerger you have ever tied or used.  

The materials used are as follows;

Hook - Size 16 Sproat Bend
Thread - 6/0 Olive
Body - Heat Shrink (HS) 1/8 Inch Clear - Colored with Olive Alcohol Ink
Ribbing - Gold Thread
Hackle - Grizzly
Wing - Polypropylene Hair
Tail/Suck - Tail Mono Green or Suck Gray Polypropylene Hair

HS  Before Coloring - Hook - HS After Coloring - HS Ready For Hook

The fly above has a tail and no suck.  To add a suck replace the 3 green mono with a thin grouping of light gray polypropylene hair.  This HS Emerger will float better than one tied using foam because of the air trapped inside and the fact polypropylene is used as the wing.  HS can be used to tie any Mayfly - if you want to tie smaller than size 16 you will have to use smaller diameter HS.

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