“This fly is designed to float vertically, with the conspicuous wing tuft above the surface and the body hanging under water.”
A fly, that floats vertically? Wow…I have no idea about this kind of flies. CDC is back and at this particular fly is the key material to make it float. Actually I didn’t know that if you use it you don’t need to use floatant. I thought it was difficult to tie because the CDC, but actually is easy due you will be using just the barbs directly to the hook and not with a special technique. I like it in this way.
Turkey biots are used; the instructions at the book show a really easy way to do it even though is not easy to keep it in the right way at the hook. My good friend Randy, showed me how to make it softer, is really simple and basic….take a towel paper, put some water and put the feather on it. That’s it. The only thing the book doesn’t talk about is the use of the hackle pliers to do the job. Those kinds of feather are not too long and you want to help yourself with the hackle pliers, especially to tie off the feather.
My first fly is a size 12, the recipe asks for 14-20, but I tried a little bit bigger first just to make sure everything is OK and actually, it is. Later on, I try a size 16 and works beautiful. This is one of those patterns really easy to tie in any size, even if it doesn’t look easy.
Couple weeks ago, when I was at the Bow River, it was a Midge’s hatch in the water, really tinny ones, I didn’t know what to use in this case, I tried a stimulator, but mine was too big, size 12 and it looks like Godzilla beside the tinny midges. I described the experience and the little tinny flies to my Friend Randy, who told me: heyyy those are Midges! So I’m thinking to head out to the bow river one of these warm days (thanks to the sun’s explosions yesterday) and try my Biot Body Midge Pupa. I need to do it, I felt powerless last time, because the browns and rainbows were in front of me! At 10 ft! Eating midges but not hitting my stimulator….you have no idea how I felt, I was about to go into de water and fish it with my hands. Now that I know what to use, I will do it again. Actually I think this pattern is perfect to the Bow River and it winter hatches, because the wing case in this fly and its vertical floating is going to look the exact same way like the midges.
That’s what fishing is all about, CHALLENGES all the time, challenge to catch a fish, look and find different options to do it and do what you need to do to have fun. I really like to tie my own flies because I have the choice to do what I want in my home and not spend time going to the fly shops (all far away from my home) looking for a specific pattern and maybe they don’t have. I will spend time and money. I just prefer learn how to tie it and enjoy doing it.