02-12-2013, 01:35 PM
Re: What have you been tying today?
Originally Posted by planettrout
March browns are not the only May Flies that emerge as adults...so do Epeorus - otherwise known as the "Pink Lady". They are extremely important on the Madison...this pattern could be adapted for March Browns as well:
FAST WATER EMERGER – EPEORUS…Nemec/Variant …
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill
HOOK: Daiichi 1760, #18
SHUCK: Olive-Brown Zelon, sparse
RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash
ABDOMEN: Yellow Marabou and Tan Marabou, twisted together
FORWARD WING: Two small bunches of Yellow Sparkle Emerger Yarn
FORWARD WING/POST: Small cylinder foam, Yellow – Rainy’s
Great looking bug, man. I am not familiar with that mayfly, I don't fish the Madi very often and it isn't talked about as an important hatch in these parts.
I was going for a sparse floater nymph/emerger hybrid and didn't want the hackle. I also think that rearward pointing wings might be more natural with the mallard flank. It really is an adaptation of a classic soft-hackle and floating nymph.
I particularly like that abdomen; do you palmer the marabou? How do get such short fibers? I'd love to use that body on the March Brown.
Also, what do you use to light your flies for photographing? Do have a light box or what? Your images are first class!