Larvae imitations are called Nymphs in fly fishing. They are very effective lures as aquatic insects (aka fi sh food) which spend most of their lives under water.
Larvae are frequently adapted to environments separate from adults. For example, some larvae such as tadpoles live almost exclusively in aquatic environments, but can live outside water as adult frogs.
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Hare Mayfly Emerger
This fly’s simplicity and effectiveness in striking and almost an insult to those other flies one spend countless hours tying, whereas filling a box with these just takes minutes.
This fly in different sizes and colours should be in every fly box. You might want to read Bob Wyatt’s fantastic Book “What Trout want.”, should you feel the desire to get deeper into the matter.
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The Hare Mayfly Dun, whatever you want to call it, is actually a more generic pattern than the name suggests. The intended imitation is highly dependant on the presentation. Fished in a dead drift it sure looks like a very freshly emerged dun, still sorting the wings. When damp and sunk in the film a little more it looks more like an emerger. However, it also works when fished wet, even stripped. Than the voluminous wing is folded backwards giving the perfect impression of swimming caddis pupae.
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Hardly anything beats fishing a spinner-fall in the evening.
These rare occasions in life call for a fly which dries with one or two false casts after a fish. The hare fibres are proving to be invaluable for this pattern.
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The desire was to improve the visibility for the angler of the Deer Hair caddis. This was achieved by using arctic hare fibres for a second wing. The bright white of the winter shoes of the hare is very easy to spot for the angler.
So while at it, improving the liveliness and visibility from under was improved as well by adding a dark, scruffy head & thorax section.
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“Flua / flue” means fly in Norwegian. The pattern is derived from a variety of influences. One can definitely see elements of the Shipman’s buzzer or Gunnar Bingen’s “dyret” and similar flies.
Ribbed with tinsel it definitely is a Shipman’s buzzer, apart from the wing material, which is the hare fibres instead of Antron. The Wing material really makes a difference. The little bug has become my go to team fly when fishing from a belly boat.
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