THE PEACOCK MAYFLY EMERGER
The Peacock Mayfly Emerger is simply a variation of the Hare Emerger that gives the advantage of a slender and well segmented abdomen.
The Polish Quill and bug bond combination gives an exciting segmentation to the abdomen. The fly looks shiny and good, and is eye candy to the fly tier. But is it also yummy to the trout? Well, it works in certain situations – especially on flat water and on overcast days.
When tying this pattern, be careful to create an even profile to avoid bumps in the body. As can be seen on the picture, I have been a bit clumsy in the lower part of the abdomen. The fish don’t mind, but as fly tiers we should strive to get a smooth abdomen.
Also be gentle with the bug bond. Use a thin floating substance, and apply as little as I can.
Se more tips for this fly here.
Hook: TMC 212Y size 13-15, or TMC 2488/87 size 14-16
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive Dun
Shuck: Antron, mix a few strands of olive and brown
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Quills, dyed olive
Thorax: Davy Wotton Hare Dubbing, mix Brown Olive and Medium Brown (50/50)
Post: Foam post 1/8
Hackle: Whiting DryFly Pro Grade Cape – Grizzly
Materials are listed in order of tying. Be sparse on the shuck
Apply floatant to the hackle only and let it float freely without any movement – dead drift. Use a long well tapered leader.