Bibio marci or St. Mark’s fl y is another terrestrial of the family Bibionidae. The name comes from the fact that the adults usually emerge around St Mark’s Day, 25th April. This is not the case in Norway & Scandinavia, we have a similar fl y here appearing in summer.
The very long trailing legs are a characteristic of the Bibio. The pattern is tied without hackle and relies on the foam wing-case to keep it afloat. It might seem like a rather simple tie, but tying with foam is not that easy. Compressing material onto a small hook and keeping the proportions realistic takes some practice.
The fly will sink slowly, like the real insect. However, the fly is often taken very shortly after it lands on the water. Fishing a Bibio “hatch” is a lot of fun, the fish are quick to respond, the takes can be fierce and exciting.
Hook: Standard dry fly hook size 14
Thread: Dyneema 55
Body: Black & hot orange seal’s fur dubbing
Wingcase: Closed cell foam
Legs: Knotted fibres from a pheasant tail feather
Fly Tying at Skålestrømmen
Fly tying classes are part of the inclusive packages we offer at Skålestrømmen. You can learn to make these all these flies yourself. Tying materials and tools will be supplied if cannot bring your own.
The fly shown works very well in Skålestrømmen (and around the world). There are of course many other, mostly more complicated types of flies that also work, but we like it simple and efficient.
This fly and video are part of “Fly Tying – Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling – by Thomas Züllich” Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich is a digital book available on the apple bookstore and also via the Skålestrømmen online store. You can order and download a pdf version, which you can use in conjunction with the instructional videos on YouTube. https://www.skalestrommen.no/product/fly-tying-by-thomas-zullich/
The book includes 90 minutes of video, over 100 pages of text and a many interactive graphics. The beauty is that you can read and learn about fly tying techniques at your own pace and then use the videos on your computer.
The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials.
Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach.
The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms. To even learn more and discuss the fly patterns in the book the author maintains a facebook group. – https://www.facebook.com/groups/tzflyfishing
ALSO AVAILABLE AS IBOOK The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1333532292
Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich
If you want to tie your own flies for trout and grayling then this is the ibook for you.
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