Thursday, 5 February 2009

Shuck Vs Emerging Dun

When I posted the emerger pictures the other day and mentioned tying the longer thorax to suggest the separation between emerging dun and nymph, it was met with some interesting, positive comments. I think an emerger pattern should be representing the dun 'wiggling' from the shuck - therefore allowing (and asking) for a slightly larger than average fly. Certainly larger than the usual size you'd choose for the dun imitation.

You hear lots of people talk of fish nailing big, oversized Klinkhamer patterns. Could that be the reason? Nymph + Dun = Big?

Here are a few with abdomen tied to strictly represent the nymph body:

PT Paraloop


Hook: Partridge 15BN #20 - #14
Thread: 14/0 Sheer, tan
Abdnomen: PT fibres
Rib: Uni Pearl mylar #16
Thorax: Hare
Wing: Woodduck
Hackle: Mix of dark dun & Golden Badger in mono loop

PT CDC loop


Hook: Partridge 15BN #20 - #14
Thread: 14/0 Sheer, tan
Abdnomen: PT fibres
Rib: Uni Pearl mylar #16
Thorax: Hare, dyed olive
Wing: Natural CDC

Cheers,
Dave.

1 comment:

RnF said...

I think the same can be said about midge hatches too. I saw this the other day that while the midge was hatching from its shuck, the size of the overall profile was about size 16. Much larger than it was as a pupa or as the adult, and the fish were definitely keying in on this hatching phase.

Nice ties! I will have to give this theory a try myself.