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Tying  Jeff’s BWO Stubby Emerger 

Fall in Appalachia, like most locales, means blue winged olives.  Time to have some dark mayfly patterns in the box if you don’t already.  These flies are on virtually all trout waters, and it could easily be said that they are the most widespread insect type in fall on trout water here.  So it pays to have a few imitations.  This fly works well on tailwaters, spring creeks, and small streams alike.  Its a good fly when you encounter rising fish and they snub your dry flies or upright winged patterns.  A low profile low floating emerger pattern it is… offshoot of the ever popular RS2 pattern popularized out west.


Hook:  Daichii 1110 sizes 18-24

Thread:  Unithread 8/0 gray olive

Tail:  Wood duck fibers

Abdomen:  Olive Goose or turkey biot

Wing:  2 or 3 CDC Oiler Puffs, Natural Dun, or 2 to 4 CDC Feather tips

Head:  Superfine Dubbing, sparingly, Baetis Olive

  1.  Start thread on hook shank as shown.


2.  Tie in tailing fibers as shown and let them extend past the bend of the hook.  These are tailing fibers but they really represent a trailing shuck.



3.  Trim excess tailing fibers.


4.  Tie in a goose or turkey biot by its tip as shown.


5.  Advance thread to 2/3 mark of hook shank, leave it in place, now wrap biot forward to the thread and tie off.


6.   Trim excess biot.


7.  Tie in short stubby wing of CDC using either oiler puffs (tips) or several fluffy CDC feathers.  Tie them in as shown so the result is a wing that extends in a rearward direction but that is short and stubby.  It should not reach the end of the body, it should fall well short of that.


8.  Trim CDC excess and tidy up the area with a few thread turns, but don’t overdo it.


9.  Apply a tiny amount of dubbing to the thread, then make a tiny dubbed head in front of the wing that covers up the trimmed area.


10. Whip Finish.  Finished Fly.



Tying Jeff’s CDC Funnel Emerger

We are in fall 2015 , nearing the end  of our half year long sulfur hatch that comes off some of our local tailwater rivers.  I have been steadily and busily cranking out my usual suspects for this hatch for both my guide trips, special orders, and customer orders.  Every year I always have a few experiementals in the works, flies that I will design and then tweak into what hopefully becomes an effective and useful fly pattern that becomes a regular resident in my guide box.  This is one such pattern.

Several things happen over the course of a hatch, not only do anglers get used to seeing the bugs so do the fish.  Profiles become more important, a refining of technique is important, and usually have some slim, sleek, sparse patterns will work when nothing else will.  Outside of movement and adding active presentations to the mix, which might catch fish on occasion but almost never fool the larger, more mature fish, refining your fly or slimming it down is one of the last things you can resort to.

This pattern presents a clean unobstructed view of the shuck area of the fly/nymphal skin, and a fore wing of CDC to angle the body in the correct manner, and emphasize the shiny, glowing escape hole where the fly actually comes from the nymph skin and through the film and out on to the surface, where wings, legs, etc., sprawl, wiggle, and move.  This fly showed some early success during high water fishing on the SoHo hatches, but it wasn’t until several weeks of intense low water fishing that I new I had a potential winner of a fly in this one.  Tie up a batch and give them a try….  One note…if you are tying for late summer and fall SoHo hatches I use a 1130 size 18 hook for the most part.    By the time you add a shuck to a fly the 18 hook + a shuck= the correct fly size.  Occasionally there are times a #20 can be effective as well.


Hook:  Daichii  1130  sizes 14-20

Thread:  8/0 Yellow Gudebrod, Uni , or Veevus

Tail:  Hareline Sparkle emerger yarn, divided so you are only using a strand 2/3 as thick as the original

Abdomen:  leftover shuck tail material, wrapped forward and tied off

Fore Wing:  CDC Oiler Puffs, 3 total, tan

Thorax:   Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing, Pale Morning Dun yellow


Tying Steps

  1.  Start thread as shown and lay a thread base.


2.  Tie in sparkle emerger yarn as shown, letting some extend off the hook bend to form tail/shuck.  Trim short but do not cut off the other (longer) end.


3.  Advance the thread back up the shank to the 2/3 mark and position it there.  Now wrap the remaining sparkle emerger yarn forward to form the abdomen or rear 2/3 of the body.


4.  Trim excess as shown.


5.  Tie in 2 or 3 CDC puffs with tips extending forward over the hook eye.  Secure with several tight thread wraps.


6.  Trim excess, apply a small amount of PMD yellow dubbing to the thread, wrap up to the wing, then lift wing up and dub at least a turn or two in front of wing.


7.  Whip finish.  The finished emerger.



South Holston brown that found one of my Sulphur emergers to be quite tasty…..the fish was rising when we encountered it was caught on a sulphur emerger, size 18, 6.5X tippet, landed by my client Judge Joe Craig , High Point, NC.   The fish was 27″ long and was one of our best dry fly fish of 2016.

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