|I am not sure of the origins of this
simple pattern. In Europe it would probably be known as a C.D.C. emerger and I once saw a
pattern in America that reminded me of this fly that was called an RS2 emerger.
I first started tying it for myself because I
wanted a fly that would hang in the surface film. It worked so well that I am now tying
two different variations in two different colours. In the first variation I use peccary
(wild pig) for the tails and grease the fly with floatant so that it sits just on the film
similar but more durable than a no-hackle Dun.
The second variation uses brown Z-lon for
the tail instead of the peccary. This causes the fly to sit much lower and hang in the
film. I do not use any floatant when fishing this fly as I want it too hang as low as
possible in the film as an emerger. Tied this way the fly is based upon that wonderful fly
the Sparkle Dun by Craig Mathews but uses C.D.C. for the wing instead of deer hair.
It has proved to be exceptional in all
kind of circumstances mainly to represent hatching mayflies but will also pass as a
Earlier this year I was fishing with two
members of the New Zealand fly fishing Team, Mike Stent and Derek Nees in the mountains in
Norway. When we arrived at the river there were fish rising everywhere we all tried
numerous patterns but nothing seemed to work. There was no sign of any insect life on the
water. I then found several of these flies in my fly box tied with the Z-Lon tail and
began to catch fish consistently with them. I have since used the fly in America this
autumn where it worked exceptionally well on both the Missouri river and several Spring
Creeks as a Baetis emerger.
I am now looking forward to testing it in
the spring when the first of the Olives begin to hatch.
|Hook: Standard dry fly (Tiemco
|Tail: Peccary fibres or
|Body: Natural dubbing
shades of Grey and Olive
|Wing: 2 C.D.C. feathers
back to back
Photo and text: Sean
Andrews 2001 ©
Sean Andrews is a professional flytyer.