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Emerger Wings
By A.K. Best

I've tried a lot of different materials, colors, and techniques for the "wing" of an emerger. They all work and seem to be equally effective. My thinking is that the wing isn't nearly as important to the trout in the design of the emerger as is the shorter tail; the darker, fatter body; and the darker (darker than the adult dun), parachute-style hackle I put on all my emergers. I believe the most important function of the wing on an emerger is visibility for the fly angler. A ball of light gray poly dubbing, a short post of light gray poly yarn, a short loop of poly yarn, or a light gray turkey T-base segment are all good visible wings for the emerger. If there is any advantage of these materials over other in terms of effectiveness, it's being able to see a size 20 emerger floating in the crease of a current or, even worse, right in the middle of a riffle. If you can see your fly, you're going to see the strike. I've watched fly fishers using emergers who obviously couldn't see their fly and did not detect the take they got from nearly every other cast. Have you ever wondered why a fly a fly that is supposed to float often appears to be a wet fly at the end of your drift? Two of the most over-looked reasons are severe drag and undetected takes.

Most poly years contain three or four separate strands. Use only one segment of it. One-third or one-fourth the size of the original yarn is plenty. Tie in the poly yarn at the same point on the hook shank as you would for a standard dry-fly parachute. The wing-post segment should be exposed to a length of about 3/8 inch. Clip off the butt and stand the wing post up the same as well, including wrapping and lacquering the base. You can forget about fighting with a gallows tool if you do it this way. Clip the upright post to a length that is no longer than the hook-gap distance. ~ A.K. Best

Credits: Excerpt from Production Fly Tying by A.K. Best and published by Pruett Publishing Company. You can find a review of the book: here.

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