Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB
Fly Fishing The Millers - With over 30 years of fly fishing this river I will claim more knowledge and fish caught than anyone. There are over 40 miles of river and I will take you to the best sections and if you want to sections that never see another angler. Don't be fooled by those who say the Millers is a Spring and Fall river. I'll show you how to have great Summer action. The "EB of the Westfield" - Wild and beautiful is the only way to describe this river. There's a lot of water here but I know where to go to catch trout. After a trip you will too!! Solitude and trout IS the EB. The Swift - 20 trout days are not uncommon on this river if you know what to do and use. I'll show the way and you catch the trout. RATES - Full Day (6 hours) = $150.00 for one, $225 for two (lunch included). Half Day (three hours) $90.00 for one, $155.00 for two. Beginners Class - 3 hours ffor $90.00, all use of rods lines, reels included.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

An All Around Emerger And A Swift Update (1/15/16)

"In the lexicon of the fly fisherman, the words rise and hooked connote the successful and desirable climax; landing a fish is purely anticlimax" Vincent C. Marinaro, 1950


One of the first things that the budding dry fly fisher realizes is that during a mayfly hatch many of the duns (freshly hatched mayflies) go sailing by as the trout feed on something else. That "something else" is the emerger stage of the mayfly - the insect just sub-surface or stuck in the surface film trying to hatch. We really can't see these fellows unless we put our rods down and take out dip nets which we are probably not going to do. We need a pattern that works and this one does.

There is no one "look" to an emerger. That insect can be 1/3 out of the water or 3/4 out of the water or dragging it's nymph suit behind it or not. What we need is something that looks like the average emerger.

Hook - scud or curved light hook size 14 to 20 or smaller

Body - olive or brown 70 denier thread

Thorax - olive, grey or brown hare's mask

Wing - fine deer hair or snowshoe hare. CDC when you get below size 20.

Hackle - Brown or dun colored on the larger sizes and hackle-less on smaller sizes. Hackle should be one size smaller than the hook size or clipped below the hook if you like.


Bob Wyatt's book "What Trout Want" devotes much time to this insect stage and his pattern for it. It was about 20 years ago that Art Lee (I believe) wrote about this stage and his pattern in Flyfisherman Magazine (I believe). All three of us are talking about the same fly.

Change sizes and shades of color to suit the insect that's hatching.

Ken

1/15 = Here's the Swift update - For all of those you said that the lower Swift would be cleaned out in January here are the facts: From the gauge downstream is loaded with trout! Fly fishers are catching them! I saw two bait boys in the last two trips and they are catching next to nothing. For those you said that the joint would be cleaned out - go above Rt 9 where the pickings are slim!!


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ken,

It's funny how trout will ignore duns and hit emergers. Good photos

GW

Millers River Flyfisher said...

GW,

They hit emergers because they are easier to hit!

Ken

Mike C said...

Ken,
How is the hair tied in on that emerger. It looks like more of a post than say a comparadun wing. Do you think this fly would still have the right profile on a regular dry fly hook?

Thanks,
Mike

Anonymous said...

Hello all, great post Ken! I am loving all of the emerger and soft hackle talk as of late. It brings to mind a tactic I have used in the past and that is to float a SH fly in the film as an emerger with some gink. I used this successfully(I had come equipped only with a few odd and nymphs and SHs) to some rising fish at the mouth of the quinny, shoulder to shoulder with the bait boys no less AND they were those dark chocolate browns that look stream born to boot.God I hope that dam comes down!

Paul Fay

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Mike,

I like the curved profile best and have taken a standard dry fly hook and "curved" it in a vise to get that profile. Wear safety glasses!!

Paul,

Good idea since a SH is just an emerger anyway. If that dam comes down the Quinnie will be the BEST LL salmon river in New England!!

Ken

Mike C said...

Ken,
Is the hair tied in as a post or more like a fan (comparadun style) on the smaller sizes?

I am really loving all the "fly" talk of the last few posts.

Mike

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Mike,

More of a post instead of a fan but not too narrow.

Ken