Monday, February 9, 2015

CDC & Hare Emerger

I first saw this fly pattern on a UK forum - and I was hooked. It is not a complicated pattern, but it has a strange appeal. Like a sleepwalker I was drawn to it, losing any free will... Possessed by the urge to tie I had to finish half a dozen, before being able to rest.

The tie:
#16 Dohiku 301 dry fly hook
grey 16/0 Veevus thread
tips of 3 CDC feathers
#16 pearly UNI tinsel rib (not a part of the original dressing)
body dubbed with a mix of hare and squirrel, teased out with a velcro brush

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chubby beetle

Grayling is my fish of choice, but it is a demanding mistress. There is only a limited number of rivers in the Czech Republic that support a healthy population. None of them is close to Prague.

The time I can allocate to fishing is limited, and sometimes the choice is between coarse fishing or no fishing at all. In such times I head out to catch chub.

This little beetle fly is one of my best performing chub patterns. It has brought me a lot of dry fly action on warm summer evenings.

The tie
#16 Hanák 130BL hook
Black UNI tying thread
Tag of 4 strands of orange Glo Brite
Body of Peacock herl
Wing of white goose CDC