When fishing the water in the season of small flies, we choose a fly pattern which will serve to simulate at least a few of the available food items. Much of what the trout are eating are emerging sedge & mayfly nymphs, & the preponderance of these are #14 to #18 in size – & in some locations insects smaller than #18 are important. If you look closely at the abdomens of sedge pupa & mayfly nymphs, you may notice a pinkish-tan coloration or a slight pink blush, particularly on the lighter underside of some. Pink is an attractive color to trout, known to be a ‘reaction’ color to rainbow & cutthroat. So my idea was to create an all-purpose flymph in an all-purpose shape & size that might look attractive wearing pink. This one has been working out & getting a lot of play lately.
Hook: #14 Daiichi 1150 – this makes about a standard #16 fly, & I’ll sometimes downsize the fly to about #17-#18, using the #14 hook
Thread: Rust-brown UNI 8/0
Abdomen: Medium-light rusty-pink yarn (earthy-pink, not fluorescent) – a single strand separated from the hank – after tying in, twist counter-clockwise before winding, which will give a segmented effect to the finished abdomen
Thorax: Dyed-brown hare’s mask dubbing – wind a short thorax
Hackle: Brahma hen (brown partridge can substitute) ~ & finish.
Flyfish NE Washington with Steven Bird: http://ucflyfishing.blogspot.com