Like the USD Caddis, Oliver Edward’s Gammarus version features very realistic legs and is very convincing. This pattern is certainly the more complicated way of tying a Gammarus imitation, but it’s worth the extra effort. The partridge feather legs look very real in the water. I have seen fish cross a stream to pick up this fly from the riverbed.
Gammarus feed on debris, so they are often found where there are leaves and other organic material decomposing in the water. Look for the decomposing vegetation and leaves in the water, trout are often to be found feeding here in the late summer and early autumn. These often pile up in back eddies and such.
From there, the shrimp are often dislodged and washed downstream with the current. Drop your fly into this food-stream and expect to be amazed. Try various forms of presentation. The little buggers are good swimmers and dart about quite actively when running for food and cover. They come in many different sizes too, any hook size from 18 to10 works very well.
Hook: Czech nymph hook
Thread: Dyneema 55
Weight: Adhesive lead foil or lead wire
Body: Fly-Rite or hares fur dubbing
Legs: Partridge feathers in dubbing loop
shellback: VN Flexibody(TM)
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.
However, do not worry. A selection of flies is included in the fly fishing packages we offer. You can also buy flies and materials in our flyshop.