Go tiny or go home.

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  1. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I've been restocking my boxes, and finally got down to the tiny stuff in my main dry fly box. These are for the most discerning of spring creek midge sipping oncorhynchus.

    #20, 22 and 24 Shellback Midge Emergers - the 20 is on a TMC 900 BL, the 22 and 24 are on TMC 101.

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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I've got the same issue on some of the spots I fish over here. The fish want "little stuff" which one almost needs an indicator to fish with just to tell when the swirl might be a take on your fly.
     
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    Yeah, true, with the 20 I can usually pick it out, but in the 22 and 24 I typically am not sure which tiny speck on the water is mine, and set up on any swirl that is near enough to potentially be my fly.

    I developed the above pattern on C*** Creek casting to picky rainbows on one of the smooth glassy sections. After a few trips and a few iterations I finally nailed down the shellback pattern to simulate the moment in time when the midge is most vulnerable, still stuck in the shuck with legs up on the film trying to free itself.

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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Two thumbs up Jim!!

    Looks like an antron shellback and tail, grizzly hackle..... but I can't tell what the body material is unless it's peacock. We could call it Speaker's tailed shellback griffith's gnat for a long name.
     
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    Thanks much, Bill!

    You are right on the money. Cream antron shuck and shellback, peacock counter ribbed with mono thread for durability, and grizzly hackle. I just call it the Shellback Midge Emerger :)

    Besides looking right and drawing strikes I was also after simplicity - they had to be fast to tie because, well, they are typically fished on 6x and get chewed up pretty easily.
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    It looks fishy. I'll have to tie some and give them a try. Might be what's been causing me fits at Rocky Ford for the past two winters.
     
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    I've taken big bows off flat water at the Ford with 22s and 24s. Bend the hook bend about 20-degrees horizontally to improve hook sets. These generate lots of takes when presented on 6x with long leader.
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    My hookup rate was about 20% with unbent hooks. Lots of missed strikes but at the same time, lots of action.
     
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    With a 24 and bent hook I think my hookup rate was 20-25%. About the same! What were you fishing? Those picky bows can pretty much tell you who tied the fly as they pass over! :p
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I was using a grey goose emerger and a zebra midge in #18 and #20. The grey goose emerger might have been a #16 and it was too large.
     
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    You have me curious. A google search and a search on this forum returned no results for "grey goose emerger".

    Care to share? :)
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Thanks Bill. Interesting little nymph. It's imprinted in my memory and I'm sure the use of the goose fibers will bubble to the surface at some point with some future fly.

    Cheers
     
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    Thanks Jim! Nice.
     
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    where is every body getting those big dimes?
     
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    Those look like an Adams fly took a tird! Are you kidding me!!

    wow
     

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