PMD Emerger thoughts - here's my latest

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Jim Speaker, May 17, 2013.

  1. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Jim -
    I fish those CDC nymphs dry (that is, with the CDC wing above water and the rest in the film), but I also have the same problem of keeping them afloat after a couple fish. That is part of the reason I don't fish them as much as I'd like to. Whenever the circumstances arise that they are the go-to fly, I usually will pull 4 or 5 from my box and stick them in my fly patch and change flies frequently. Not the ideal solution when a hatch is hot and likely to cool off any minute. I'm a fan of CDC, however. It's remarkable how fragile the feathers appear, yet how durable they are when tied on a fly.

    The flymphs do better. I also tie a March Brown flymph, although I don't fish MB hatches so much (I'm mostly on still waters that time of year). For the streams and times of year when I'm on moving water, I fish flymphs in gray, tan, or olive, or one with a pretty furnace hackle that creates brighter highlights on the periphery and a darker body. I particularly like flymphs in the smaller sizes (18-20), because the simple pattern can endure a lot of variation in how it is tied without having much effect on how it fishes.

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  2. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Zen -
    I fish flymphs a lot, often as a trailing fly following a dry fly, if I'm probing to see what's going on in a stream. Lately, I've found the little ones in gray/dun to be the the ones I fish most frequently, and often in difficult circumstances.

    There once was a website devoted to flymphs. It had a bit of a tongue-in-cheek, yet seriously good attitude. I don't know what became of it.

    Dick

    PS, a quick google search found that the "Brotherhood of the Flymph" site still exists; it must have moved its URL since I visited it last (http://www.flymph.com/)
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    I'm over on a flymph forum and have picked up a few tips there. Ron Eagle Elk pointed me to it. The one you pointed me to has the forum shut down.
     
  4. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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  5. Richard Olmstead

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    Zen, thanks for the lead on the Flymphforum.com; I've found it now.

    Freestone, thanks for the follow up on the old flymph.com site.

    Dick
     
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    For PMD emergers, I use a hairwing or a sparkle dun.

    In the film or just under it, a flymph or a partridge & yellow works well.