Fly of the Month 5.18
Egg Laying Caddis
Hook: Curved Terrestrial 3x long TDE size 16,14,12
Thread: Tan or Cream 8/0
Butt: Insect Green Caddis LifeCycle Dubbing
Abdomen: Peacock Herl
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Wingcase: Bleached Elk Hair
A discussion on selecting flies by Tom Adams.
Date: May 17th at 7 p.m.
More info: Monthly Meeting information
Tom is a native Charlottean who grew up fishing Lake Wylie with his father. Tom's dad, who was born in Meatcamp, Watauga County, introduced Tom to trout fishing on the Watauga River when he was in 12 years old. A lifelong flyfisherman, it has been a passion throughout his life. Joining Rocky River Trout Unlimited was a profound change and led to his being chapter President for two years in 2013 and 2014. A professional advertising photographer, Tom was the head of the advertising photography for Belk Inc, where he worked for twenty five years. Currently retired and continuing to tie flies commercially with several successful personal fly patterns, he fishes at every opportunity. Tom's favorite waters are the Davidson, the Madison, and any water in Yellowstone National Park.
Where: Stone Mountain State Park (Elkin, NC)
When: May 19th, 2018
What: Trout in the Classroom will be releasing fish on Saturday May 19th and the Rocky River Trout Unlimited Chapter will be supporting this initiative. Around 10:30 we will have a bug adventure for kids of all ages (plan on bringing a spare set of clothes) and will be offering Fly Fishing Basic seminars throughout the morning.
9:00am - Arrive and Enjoy Stone Mountain State Park
10:30am - Bug Discovery Adventure
12:00pm - Burgers and Hotdog Lunch Provided (Courtest of RRTU)
Some believe that the Female Adams Dry Fly is an independently original Southern Appalachian dry fly pattern. This may or may not be the case for little is known about who originated the addition of the yellow egg sac to the Adams or even other female versions of mayfly fly patterns. The Female Beaverkill Dry Fly is a likely indicator that the egg sac was likely added to the Adams somewhere in the Catskill, long, long ago.
Fly of the Month - April 2018 - Recipe Below
Female [Egg Laying] Adams
Besides being well-known, both the Adams and the Female Adams fly patterns in general have a strong reputation for catching trout everywhere.
No doubt there is Female Adams versions of every fly pattern listed above and then some. Imitating the egg laying version of an insect creates a more realistic fly pattern. Trout encounter the egg sac carrying mayflies and may well key on the yellow spot. The yellow is a proven color that attracts an aggressive strike from both wild and hatchery trout. The Female Adams has a hint of yellow with the egg sac tied at the tail using a clump of yellow dubbing or yellow ostrich herl. Does the egg sac attract our southern opportunistic trout or does the yellow color do the trick? A female mayfly with a full egg sac is burdened when first approaching the surface to deposit eggs and is vulnerable. Trout may likewise key on the vulnerability of the insect. Regardless of the reasoning for its success, the female version of a fly pattern is a great addition to the fly box.
The very popular Female Adams was tied and sold by the late Bryson City residence Fred and his wife Allene Hall. This is one of their trademark dry flies that made them fly tying legends here in the south. Fred Hall is credited for originating the Black Adams and the Smokey Mountain Adams. Allene Hall is credited for originating the Female Adams and the Adams Variant. Note that a good number of Southern Appalachian fly patterns use yellow in some manner.
You will often find the Female Adams in fly shops, typically the only commercially available female mayfly fly pattern. You may well find the fly available and sold locally in tackle shops, service stations and general stores throughout the North Carolina mountains where a local tier is making part of his living tying and selling his flies. For example, the Citco along NC 19 in-route to the Nantahala River has a display of locally tied flies that includes (before the sell out each month) the Female Adams tied typically
in size 12 and maybe size 14. You will have to tie your own size 16 and size 18.
Fly of the Month 4.18
Female Adams Dry Fly
Hook: Tiemco 100 or equivalent 12,14,16,18
Thread: Uni 8/0 or equivalent Tan, Brown or Black
Tail: Mix of rooster in Coachman brown and Grizzly spade hackle
Abdomen: Rear tag of yellow dubbing with Adams gray dub up to thorax
Thorax: Mix of Grizzly and Coachman rooster hackle
Wing: Grizzly hen tips
View Last month's Fly of the Month - Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear
Did you miss the 2018 Friends of Rocky River Annual Banquet? Jim Smalley put together a short video of the Trout Unlimited Headwaters Presentation for your viewing pleasure. Check it out here!
So, what makes the extremely popular Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear the No. 1 “searching nymph.” First, hair taken from the hare’s ears are a combination of long, multi-toned, stiff hair and short, multi-toned, soft hair. Once made into a dubbing material, it is natural looking – rugged, soft and buggy! The color scheme represents many of the natural food items available to fish. Second, the pattern can be used at any time of the year and during most conditions with confidence. Third, the materials are easy to obtain, and the fly pattern is both ties easily and lends itself well to modification.
Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear (GRHE)
The Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear is an old pattern referred to in many early fly-fishing journals. The origin of the Hare’s Ear Nymph is not fully known. Halford dressed the pattern as a winged dry fly, while more recently the GRHE has been tied as a winged wet fly, and as a nymph having a distinct thorax with wing case. An English fly tyer is believed to have created the first hare’s ear nymph body using hare’s ear dubbing in 1910 as simply a modification on the long-lived Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear wet fly. It was tied with a fur tail and body and with a fur 'hackle'. In its original form the GRHE was fished wet or dry. The Hare's Ear nymph is a fly pattern that is fished below the surface; an older pattern that imitates a variety of aquatic life, including scuds, sow bugs, mayfly nymphs, and caddis larvae.
Some fly-fishers prefer to use a fly having a flat gold tinsel rib. You can also incorporate some weight under the body/thorax or use a gold bead (GRHE Goldhead). The use of different colored tying threads can impart subtle and useful differences of hue and tone – brown, black and the standard primrose are useful alternatives. You can also use dyed hare's ear for non-standard GRHE nymphs, olive can be very effective, while fur can be selected from specific areas of the hare's ear and mask to create a pattern with a colour to suit your needs.
Commercial variations include: Bead Head, Golden Bead Head or as the Aussie say “Golden-Nugget,” Tungsten Bead Head, Rubber Legged and Flashback in the dyed-black, dyed-brown, natural and dyed-olive colors using various gold wire, flat tinsel or oval tinsel ribbing. The Western versions are tied bulkier and in larger (size 8-14) that the Eastern versions (size 10-16).
Soft hair and stiff bristles from a hare are wound around the shank of the hook and fastened with gold wire that suggests ribs. Sometimes a bead head or a lead substitute wire underbody is added for weight and stability in the water. A few strands of hair or pheasant feather fibers is added for a tail. Traditional coloring is a natural Hare’s ear brown body with orange or brown tying thread.
The Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear (GRHE) is an effective pattern throughout the year because it covers a broad spectrum of prey that are active in every season. When this fly is immersed, the stiff fibers in the dubbing stand out and imitate the legs of an insect. Fish this lure below the surface with or without a small strike indicator and split-shot to help it sink.
The Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph (GRHE) is used to represents a wide range of aquatic insect larvae. The pattern is especially good at representing lighter colored species of mayfly and caddis. It is very useful on still water and moving water for targeting numerous species including amongst others: trout, grayling, panfish, and carp. To imitate darker insect larvae, you might do better with a dyed-black, dyed-brown or dyed-olive variation of the fly pattern.
In still water present the GRHE using a slow hand-twist or use a wind drift. In moving water use standard nymph tactics (drag free drift, rising nymph, wet-fly swing).
Fly of the Month 3.18
Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
There are numerous coloration and material substitutes when tying this pattern, while keeping the same concept as originally designed. The following includes both original and updated approaches. The traditional material is in bold type. The changes will expand this pattern ability to mimic dozens of insect in varying conditions.
Hook: Tiemco 100 or equivalent 12,14,16,18
Thread: Uni 8/0 or equivalent in color to match
Tail: Hare's Mask fibers, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasant Tail in color to match
Abdomen: Hare's Ear dubbing with gold ribbing ( oval tinsel, wire, or Flashabou) in color to match
Thorax: Hare's Ear dubbing in color to match
Wingcase: Turkey Tail, Pheasant Tail, Flashback material
Bead: Brass or Tungsten to match hook size
Location: Riverside Park, Mount Airy, North Carolina
Time: 8:30 AM, Saturday March 10th, 2018
Cost: $5 For Lunch
Join us at the Ararat River on March 10th for our next stream side. Newcomers should plan to be at Riverside park between 8:30-9:00A. We will fish the Delayed Harvest and Hatchery Supported water and then have lunch at noon.
Learn more about our Streamside Events here:
Thank you to everyone who supported the Rocky River Trout Unlimited chapter at the 2018 RRTU Annual Banquet. We are already excited for our next event at Riverside Park in Mt. Airy. Join us March 10th, 2018 for our next streamside on the Delayed Harvest section of the Ararat River.