I am starting a new series of posts on 'Winter Flies'. Here I will post some of my favorite flies that I during winter fishing in the Ozarks.
In addition, I am attempting to use my new camera (Canon T4i) macro settings to get some decent pictures. I need a macro lens but came up with a solution that will work to get some close-ups on some of these small flies. It's work in progress so bear with some of the photos.
Why not start it off with my absolute favorite fly to fish in the winter. The BWO emerger is a great fly for our streams here in the winter. We do have BWO's on most streams and the emerger is an easier meal when they don't want to take a fly off the top. I only fish it in a size 22 but that is just me. I think it will work down to about size 16. I start it on a dead drift and then fish it through the downstream swing.
You will also notice a lot of times that my materials are not specific (see thorax below). I don't always list brand and color unless I think it makes a difference.
hook: #16 - 22 TMC 100 dry fly hook
thread: 8/0 black
abdomen: olive goose biot
thorax: small bunch of buggy gray dubbing
hackle: dun hen