Upwing Snowshoe Emerger

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Hans Weilenmann, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    Upwing Snowshoe Emerger
    Hook: Grip 14723BL #14
    Thread: Benecchi 12/0, tobacco
    Shuck: Hen pheasant wing barbs
    Abdomen:Goose biot, dyed tan
    Thorax cover/wing: Snowshoe, cream
    Thorax: Peacock herl

    Cheers,
    Hans W
  2. GAT Active Member

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    I really like the biot bodies. I wish I could find goose with longer biots.... maybe I'm using a dry fly hook with too long of a shank -- I don't know anyone who sells Grip hooks in the US.
  3. Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    Tiemco 206BL is almost identical hook
  4. GAT Active Member

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    Okay, I'll track some down. Thanks!
  5. scottflycst Active Member

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    absolutely beautiful!
    Bury me with one of those piercing my lapel.
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  6. GAT Active Member

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    I think I'm finally getting the hang of using goose biots. I finally figured out that the biot can not overlap the previous wrap but must be tied exactly next to the previous wrap or you lose the segmentation effect. Hard to believe but I do learn techniques from Hans' clips :D

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    This odd tan color works well in some Willamette Valley lakes during midge (buzzer to Hans) hatches.
    I'm not really a fan of skinny midge emergers. The actual critter does not have a thin body but more that of a worm... so, I don't tie anorexic midge emergers.
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  7. Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    Looks great, Gene. Way to go.

    Cheers,
    Hans W
  8. ScottP Active Member

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    Beautiful flies guys. Gene, do you ever use turkey biots? I prefer the segmentation you get with goose, but turkey does tend to be longer.

    Regards,
    Scott
  9. GAT Active Member

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    Scott, I've never tried turkey but now that Hans has shown the cool use of the biots for segmented bodies, I'll give it a try. I do strip peacock herl and use the stem for wrapping bodies but they don't look as cool as the goose. Plus, you can buy goose in a wide variety of colors.

    The goose biots are only good to create a body up to a size 14 with a 2 X long shank, max!

    However, for smaller size patterns, as the one shown above, the biots are certainly long enough.

    I've also tied some of the midge emergers in the same style in black, red and olive colors. I like the looks.

    I get a lot of tying tips via your and Hans' SBS.... plus tips from the other guys here.

    This is an excellent site for flyfishing and fly tying information.
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  10. ScottP Active Member

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    Gene,

    In addition to the length, I think you'll like the color selection you get with turkey.

    Regards,
    Scott
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  12. bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    Gene, biots don't always provide a segmented look. It depends on how they are oriented when tied on the hook. See this article...
    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/tyingtips/part102.php

    If you want a segmented look, orient the notch forward.
    If you don't want segmentation, orient the notch back.
    The fuzzy rib is there either way but is covered up (or not) as you overlap the wraps.

    A good video of the same thing...
    http://www.intheriffle.com/fishing-videos/fly-tying-tips-tricks/wrapping-goose-biot-bodies/
  13. James St. Clair stclairj

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    Hans-

    You could post that in the December Fly Salon. Looks like a nice little Baetis Emerger for slower water to me.

    Nice tie,

    James
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  14. CWITroutBum New Member

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    Really nice pattern. I might have to 'try' to reproduce it. Thanks for the post!
  15. Kaiserman content

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    What's the tail? Any chance of getting a top view?

    I'm looking for a tail like that (I think) for a bug I tie, but haven't been able to find the right feather...

    Nice pattern anyway, real nice!
  16. Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    Shuck: Hen pheasant wing barbs
  17. Kaiserman content

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    I sort of thought that's what it was, but I must be "old school" or something... never heard it called that - always called it the tail.

    Then again, I clearly don't tie as often as most of you gentlemen, so I'm sure the confusion is on me :oops: .

    Thanks for the clarification!
  18. Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    *chuckle*

    No worries. If a pattern is an emerger, in this case a mayfly emerger, it sheds its nymphal skin. This trailing empty husk is what I am suggesting with the 'tail'.