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Flies from 2008

Spring 2008: Mayfly Nymph

Mayfly Nymph
Mayfly Nymph
  Hook: 12 - 16
  Thorax: Peacock Herl/Hare Dubbing
  Wingcase: Pheasant Tail/Pearl Flashabou
  Body: Wrapped Pheasant Tail
  Tail: Pheasant Tail fibres
Some very exciting fishing experiences were reported during Spring. Maybe the cooler weather and runoff from the rain in our dams created a lot of food, sending the trout into a feeding frenzy. There were superb hatches of May Fly, Caddis & Midge . At times trout would take almost any fly, but at other times were more selective, making fishing more challenging. Wet flys certainly attracted the bigger fish, the largest caught being a very healthy 6lb rainbow. The average size of the trout during the earlier part of Spring was just under 2 lb. With cooler weather prevailing at the moment, summer fishing should be very good.

The Fly featured for Spring is the "Mayfly Nymph". This pattern has been very successful at Uncle Billy's Retreat. Fished on a floating line close to the surface, the pearl flashabou mimics the sparkling gases trapped within the skin of an emerging mayfly nymph or chironomid pupa. Fished with a sinking line, it can be retrieved to simulate a nymph forging on the bottom of the dam.

We have recorderd the most successful flies used at Uncle Billy's since 2003. There are over 20 different flies which have been featured on the website. To view flies from other months, choose from the list below: