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Little Olive Flymph
By Dave Hughes

When trout refuse your dries during a hatch, back away from casting and observe the water for a few moments. Follow closely the careers of a few duns as they float down through the rising trout. Small binoculars will be a big help. Do any duns disappear in those swirls? Quite often, none will. That is the first indication trout are taking almost invisible emergers rather than visible duns. Next concentrate your watching on a single rising trout, and observe it through a cycle of two or three rises. Does it take duns that you can see, or does it seem to be rising to nothing? If the trout appears to rise for naught, it is your assurance that at least one trout is focused on emergers. You'll have to change flies, and probably your presentation as well, to catch it.

Trout send rise rings up to the top even when they take emergers inches beneath the surface. When you determine that trout are focused on emergers rather than duns, the next step is to notice whether they're taking the emergers awash in the surface film or a few inches to a foot beneath it. If a trout is taking on top, it will break the surface film with each rise, and one to several bubbles of air will be left floating in the center of the rise. If a trout is feeding beneath the surface, it will not break the surface plain, and no bubbles will be left in the rise.

Materials List:

    Hook: Standard wet fly, 1x or 2x stout size 12 to 16.

    Thread: Olive 6/0 or 8/0.

    Hackle: Medium blue dun hen.

    Tail: Medium blue dun hen.

    Rib: Oval gold tinsel.

    Body: Mix of olive fur and Antron.

Instructions - Little Olive Flymph:

1. Fix hook in vise, and start thread behind the eye. Select a hen hackle with fibers 1-1/2 to two times the hook gap. Strip fuzzy excess from the lower stem, and tie the feather in with the tip over the front of the hook, the convex side against the shank. Measure six to ten hackle fibers the length of the body and tie them in at the bend.

2. Tie in two to three inches of oval tinsel at the base of the tail. Dress the thread liberally with sticky dubbing wax. Spread dubbing along the thread loosely. Capture the thread over your fingertip and return it to the vise, to form a dubbing loop. Twist this to form a very spiky dubbing rope.

3. Wind the dubbing forward to the hacke tie-in point. It should be very loose and spiky. Wind the ribbing forward in four to six evenly-spaced turns, without matting down any more of the body fur than necessary. Tie it off and clip the excess at the end of the body. Return your working thread to the mid-point of the body in one long turn.

4. Take one turn of hackle at the hook eye. Place a second turn just behind the first. Take another turn of hackle halfway to the thread, then a final turn at the mid-point of the body. Capture the hackle tip under a couple of turns of thread, cut or break off the excess, then work the thread forward through the hackle to the eye. Finish the head. If the fly looks tidy, you've made a mistake.

Pale Watery Flymph

The Pale Watery Flymph is tied with the same steps listed for the Little Olive Flymph. [above] The mix of fur and Antron fibers give the body some sparkle, capturing the affect of bubbles of air trapped in the wings of the natural. If you cannot find a pre-blended mix in the right color, cut Antron yarm into eight-inch segments and blend it with fur.

Materials List:

    Hook: Standard wet fly, 1x or 2x stout size 12 to 16.

    Thread: Tan 6/0 or 8/0.

    Hackle: Ginger hen.

    Tail: Ginger hen hackle fibers.

    Rib: Oval silver tinsel.

    Body: Mix of cream fur and tan Antron.

~ DH

Credits: From Matching Mayflies, by Dave Hughes, published by Frank Amato Publications. We appreciate use permission.

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