Hendricksons, Ephemerella Subvaria, are hopefully just around the corner this spring, so I'd thought I tie an emerger pattern for that hatch. Certainly not a secret, the Klinkhammer family of emergers has proven very popular and more importantly effective. The style of pattern gets the fisherman into two "separate" levels on the stream, sub aquatic and top water - throw in some excellent visibility - and heck - it is easy to see why people like this pattern. I think that emergers are mostly more effective in most hatch situations anyhow, so get busy - this fly works for just about any mayfly hatch you can think of.
This pattern was invented by an outstanding fisherman named Andy Kim, whom I lucked into fishing with some fifteen odd years ago on a snowy December day at Navajo Dam on the San Juan River. Mr. Kim at the time was very secretive about his patterns, and actually tied this fly onto my leader without showing me the pattern and proceeded to coach me up with some expert nymph fishing advice. It turned a slow day into a banner day, and I picked up a bunch of fatty rainbows behind the dam while fishing with him. We returned to the parking lot, and I realized that Andy was living out of his truck cap, peddling these flies for a living. Unfortunately for Mr. Kim, I could barely afford gas to get to the Juan!!!!!! Several years later, he let the secret out for all of us in a Fly Fisherman article. I don't know were Andy is now - but I hope he is still out there being a trout bum somewhere.
The secret to this flies' success is that it is an exact imitation of the thousands of midge pupa that inhabit most waters across the world. Combine that with some good drifts, and BAM - he created a fantastic pattern. Tie these fellas up in olive, tan, red, yellow, etc. - they all have there moments! Get a seine, or stomach pump and commence tying up some hatch matchers.
This pattern represents various yellow/brown stonefly species found east and west. I had very high success with this pattern on heavily fished streams in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The brown wire really enhances the segmentation with a lifelike color scheme. While a little on the time consuming side to tie, if you break it down to a body, then thorax step tie, then things really pick up steam. Enjoy!
I pieced this "semi" realistic stonefly pattern together from several popular patterns to come up with a different take on a stonefly imitation. The pattern is a little complicated, but not overly time consuming once you tie a few. The Nymph Stretch Skin body provides great segmentation and I like the soft feel it has when a trout would bite down on it. You can change the colors and materials to match any stonefly imaginable.
This is a neat little fish catcher that I picked up out in Colorado that fishes equally well back east. The pattern mimics the ubiquitous green rock worm caddis that are so prevalent on many streams. The pattern has weight to get it down to the fish's eye level, sparkle to attract attention, and the small rubber legs in the dubbing provide some all important extra movement. I also tie this pattern in yellow, brown/white, and straight pale olive.