When the water is shallow, gin clear and the stream is flowing slowly you’re into trouble. You can’t choose any emerger pattern to fool the fish when thy turn selective on emerging mayflies (E.danica). The Danica Clear Water Emerger is a super pattern to fool fish when they are not easily fooled.
I am so lucky to experience early Caddis hatches in my waters. Replacing the hatching stoneflies, the first bugs start appearing in early June. There is basically to versions I need to tie. One light, white winged in size 14, and one dark gray with gray wings. Also in size 14.
The Hare BWO Emerger is a go-to pattern for a lot of mayfly hatches, but works very well in several situations during a BWO hatch. It’s easy to tie and has a buggy appearance.
Gary La Fontaine is a master of observation and creativity. He designed the Sparkle Pupae series, but the La Fontaine mayfly halo emerger is often forgotten. It should not be.
The Ephemera Danica is the largest mayfly in Norway. Measuring up to 2,5 centimeters (one inch) the hatch of this beautiful mayfly is the most important during the season. When these guys appear, the big and picky trout looks to the surface for food.
The Marginata Profile Dun is really a variation of the Comparadun. It floats a bit lower in the water, and is thus best suited for those days when there’s no wind. The pattern yields crisp and well presented body profile.
The Claret Dun (Mahogany Dun), or Lepto’s as we call them in Norway, can offer fantastic opportunities. When the Marginata is hatching, I usually turn to this imitation of the Leptophlebia Marginata Comparadun.