Sunday, February 16, 2014

Olive Quill Emerger

The "shaving brush" style emergers are gaining in popularity - and for a good reason, too. These flies work!
This pattern seems to have originated on several occasions, as it has been reported a novel invention from North American rivers, English lakes and Polish tailwaters. I am certain it scores well on all of the above locations.

The only problem I have with the pattern is that at it tends to work too well - the olive quill body wears out after three of four trout. Grayling are not a problem, with their soft mouth.

The tie:
#18 Dohiku 301 dry fly hook
14/0 Sheer thread, greyish
Peacock quill, dyed olive
2-3 tips of a CDC feather
a light touch of natural muskrat dubbing

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jindra,

    You are absolutely correct - emerger patterns like this are deadly. They hang in the surface film just like the naturals and trout rarely refuse them. Many years ago I used to tie them with a small tuft of poly yarn but with the advent of CDC (a more life-like material), that's all I use now. Great pattern.