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MAYFLY EMERGER: Knouff Lake Special

Started by John Pierce, April 16, 2020, 06:10:08 AM

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FLY: Mayfly Emerger - Knouff Lake Special
Submitted By: Dave Robinson, Mayfly emerger pattern courtesy Ron Duncan

2020-04-18 Dave Robinson demo'd this fly.


  • Hook: #10 to #14 Wet Fly
  • Thread: 8/0 Tan as tan coloured fly
  • Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest
  • Rib: Fine Copper Wire
  • Body: Peacock Herl
  • Hackle: Partridge
  • Wing: Natural Pheasant Rump

  • Tie on thread and wrap down shank.
  • Wrap on fine copper wire, to end of shank.
  • Tie on Golden Pheasant Crest measure shank link for tail and pinch wrap on end of shank, tie up shank, cut of excess.
  • Tie on Peacock Herl at front of hook, wrap back down shank. Wrap here around thread, multiple times to reinforce the heel against fish teeth. Wrap heal-thread around shank to front hook. Tie down and cut off excess.
  • Wrap wire in opposite direction 3-4 wraps up to front of hook, add couple of wraps at front, trim off.
  • For legs, partridge, want barbs little less than shank length. Strip off fuzz, remove non-curved side to make sparse half feather, tie on from tip, cut off excess tip. With hackle pliers, grab butt end of feather and wrap around head of hook, stroking barbs back out of way in each wrap. Stroke legs back and add few thread wraps at front.
  • For wings use short barbs from front of Pheasant rump, strip barbs off each side so just end barbs, tie on front of hook, tie off and trim off excess.
  • Add several thread wraps at front to make small head, whip finish, head cement (as fibres can come loose).

  • Also thought to imitate an emerging caddis.
  • Wet fly that fish in top 2 ft of water with floating or intermediate sinking fly line.
  • Tail imitates trailing shuck of nymph as coming out.