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    Default adult salmon fly...a few more pics

    after seeing some pics posted here in another thread I got inspired to try this out...

    this bug emerges in western streams and rivers between april - july...its a pretty big meal too...

    I have been trying to do this one for a while...I ended up using "swiss straw" for the segmented was a lot easier for me to tie that pheasant tail...if I could get one of those "legs on a stick" I would...and these would be better I think...but the material I used is OK...

    the pics I saw in my "bug book" showed the segments divided by some orange bands...I didnt have the right tgread color...but will get some for future ties...

    the body is typical dubbing with a wire spiral wrap, I used Buffalo wool in brown...the wings are three piece...the base is a mallard back feather(the larger ones) tied mid section of the body, with two gadwall feathers over that...a turkey fan feather is used for the body case...and two sprigs are left on for the antenae after tying off...

    I bent its legs around for the really looks like its crawling...LOL...

    I was swinging this fly around today on my 11 foot switch with a floating line...8ft furled leader and 6 feet of flouro greased to the did super...landing both ways...more times upright than not, imitating a fly laying is relatively streamlined for such a big dry looks pretty darn good floating...I will get some more pics later...because it started snowing again...and ended the time out on the water...

    the bug ends up being two inches long nose to wing tip...the antennae are about 1 1/4" over that...

    In Jim Schollmeyers book "hatch guide for western streams"(my bug book) , he tells about the egg laying habits of this fly...these bugs emerge between april and july...and he says"anytime an adult salmon fly is on the water it is very vulnerable to predators"

    sounds good to me! if I was a salmon or big trout I would give it a swipe...

    size 4-6 down eye nymph hook
    buffalo wool dubbing(or similar)
    .015 gold wire for spiral wrap on body
    (1) large mallard back wing for wing base
    (2) gadwall flanks for wings(waxed well)
    turkey fan feather for body case and antennae

    here are a few more pics...

    I am looking forward to fishing this one big time...a friend recomended fishing it with a dropper behind of either an emerger or nymph on maybe 24" of tippet...... sort of like a "hopper dropper" rig...since this bug floats well...

    I doubt a summertime steelhead would resist...we will see...hopefully fish pics will be forthcoming...

    here are a few more views...sunshine can make for some better pics...overall detail isnt as good...but highlights are much shadows...

    when Salmon flies lay their eggs...they are very vulnerable ...and predators know exactly what they are...a lot of protein...

    this bug was pretty soaked at this point(over a half hour of casting and landing in the water)...but still floated well...I really dig those antennae...I didnt even know they were still on ( after thity plus casts and retrieves)its when I put my camera on the computer I saw this myself...

    I blew off the water and took one more shot before the sun started to get lower in the sky ...

    I have been working on this bug for a few weeks...after the sedge bug I tied a little bit ago...extra sticky wax on the wing feathers was the best thing I did to help this one actually work for fishing......I am looking forward to trying some pheasant tail legs...a friend had pity and tied up a tails worth for me...

    all the best...t
    Last edited by silvertip8k; 03-19-2013 at 07:46 PM.

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    ...and old gaelic proverb...

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    Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

    Default Re: adult salmon fly

    These flies are also found in the East. Here in Quebec there are some really big ones that are a good 3 inches long. The wings are slate grey and the bodies are yellowish-orange in colour with dark legs.

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    Default Re: adult salmon fly

    That is a nice bug. Stones are my favourite though the flies I tie for the adult are nowhere near that elaborate. You did a nice job of combining materials and using the wax to make it float, well done.
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