Ephemera danica

Again, a new pattern I’ve been working on. It’s quite easy to tie, and for once doesn’t involve a parachute hackle. Can be adopted to any may fly species, but will be quite fiddly in smaller sizes.

I’m thinking that it might be a good idea to use flashabou for the wings instead of the usual poly yearn. The extended body is very simple but doesn’t have any tail fibers. Technically in a dun imitation they should never get in contact with water and so it shouldn’t make a difference if you tie them in or not, I’m sure fish can’t see them so well on the real duns either. In duns the wing is usually less reflective and more matte, and the spinners (which have more reflective wings) are really only expected to be on the surface as spents, so I’m not really sure if it is the flashabou wing is the right choice. Will have to wait until next spring to find out, unfortunately…

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