A Mayfly, Up Close and Personal

I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and, as usual, found myself wondering what I would ever do with them. Thanks to Rebecca and her photo prompt at the Outdoor Blogger Network, I have an excuse to post a couple.

Transparent Mayfly

I still haven’t figured out how to tie a transparent mayfly imitation but I am pretty sure a lot of the rises I saw last evening were to these guys (and gals). Of course, I only say that because I couldn’t see a darn thing on or in the water, even though I was surrounded by rises.

I did get some enthusiastic refusals of a #18 sulfur spinner, though. It is August, the time of long leaders and tiny flies.

Tight lines, y’all.



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6 thoughts on “A Mayfly, Up Close and Personal

  1. Beautiful little mayfly.

    …and if you do figure out a way to tie one up…let me know 🙂

  2. Beautiful! And I love that rod…tell us about it please.

  3. Sanders — I am playing with an old fly credited to Harry Darbee, with an extended body made from a saddle hackle with the fibers pulled forward.
    ( http://flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw/072699fotw.php )shows the basic idea but I’m tying it with a longer hook, a white or cream colored feather, and I’m not using a parachute hackle. Just grizzly, clipped top and bottom to make spent wings. Lets a lot of light through, at least to my eye. Should make a nice, delicate impression, especially so close to dark during the evening rise. Trying a couple out tonight if it doesn’t rain.

    Cofisher — The rod? That old thing? That’s my trusty 1938 Wright & McGill Granger Deluxe. It has a lot of dings and battle scars from its 70+ years on the water with other anglers but I love it very much. It has a rhythm of its own, a stroke that can’t be hurried or rushed. Try too hard and every cast falls apart, but slow down, feel and listen to what it is saying and it casts like a dream. A very heavy dream, but a dream none the less.

  4. The lighter the dream, usually the worse the nightmare. Lovely post, Quill…

  5. I thought it was a Granger…good taste my friend. That rod will never let you down.

  6. Gorgeous picture of the mayfly!
    Now we just need someone to tie the perfect imitation up and share with all of us =)
    Well done and I’m glad my photo prompt had good timing!

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