Friday, January 25, 2008

Nature's Art And The Lonely Mayfly

January was as eventful as I could ever imagine. My sister Sonja came to visit and we spent an incredible time in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Iowa with friends and family. The picture on the left titled The Global Warming (with Sonja, our friend Cheri and myself) is just one of many photos taken during past several weeks.

January has been incredibly cold. This is my third winter in MN, and it is definitely the coldest one so far. My thoughts would often wander from my piano or computer desk, to the glass of Laphroaig or Glen Garioch, to the frosty windows of our apartment. Surrounded by the art of nature- the icy window arabesques, which remind me of lavish 'rose and scroll' engravings found on fine English shotguns, I dream of mayflies. The large Ephemera drakes on the tranquil limestone stream will tempt the largest and wariest of trout.

The fly on the picture is based on the pattern known as Duncan's Mayfly, but it has some modifications.

Hook: dry fly;
Tail: 3-5 moose body hairs, the butts form the wing veins;
Body and wing: caribou hair-tips are tied by the tail and butts form the wing;
Rib: pale yellow waxed thread and fine gold wire (counter-ribbed);
Hackle: grizzly, wound through the hair butts.

Trim the wing to form the desired shape.



Vlad, I really enjoy reading your post! as always, A warm and nice one again! The window are crazily beautiful... Down here we got the first snow in 5 years... I hardly could imagine the "cold" you describe there... Refer to the large mayfly... luckily to me, I had a great time to fish with those large mayfly pattern with Bryan in Utah last summer. It called Green Drake... incredible to see those fish rase to my #12 imitation! indeed...

flyfishingunlimited said...

Hi Mark,

I love those big drakes-they remind me of my happy childhood days spent on streams in Serbia... They emerge in the second half of May, and English call that time "the Duffer's Fortnight"-everybody gets the fish in those couple of weeks!

In Europe there are two important Ephemeras, and they are very similar to Eastern and Western Green Drakes found here in the USA. Some streams around here have large Hexagenia drakes, but they are quite uncommon and sporadic.

Hope you are enjoying the nice January weather...

Driftless Fly Angler said...


You tie some great flies. Come on down to southeast Mn and give them a whirl when it warms up.


flyfishingunlimited said...

Hey D.A.,

Thanks-can't wait for the spring... I love the SE MN, there are so many beautiful streams to explore.

Thank you for stopping by,