Micro Mayfly |
By Jason Akl
Another one of the classic Mike Mercer patterns, the Micro Mayfly produces fish when all other patterns seem to fail. When the BWO’s or other smaller mayflies are hatching on the water the Micro Mayfly is a sure bet to put a few fish in the net. This tiny mayfly pattern uses pheasant tail fibers, olive dubbing and copper beads to fool selective fish.
Mayflies hatch throughout the long summer months with the smaller species being seen throughout July and August. One of the best things about fishing mayflies is the number and variety of hatches. If you miss one hatch, then simply wait a few days and another will most certainly come along.
Hatches can be very difficult for fly anglers especially those which are rather new to the idea of fishing hatching insects. With so many flies on the water, which fly do you use and why should a feeding fish decide to take your fly with all the naturals around? Nymphing is a much easier technique than trying to "match-the-hatch", but in a very different style. Pounding the bottom time and time again with weighted mayfly larval patterns can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.
Fishing the Micro Mayfly nymph is easy, cast the fly slightly upstream and mend the line so that slack is created into your presentation. This slack line will help keep your fly dead drifting as if it were a real mayfly nymph washed off the bottom. As you continue to work the water around you and get into the faster current, adding weight to your leader will help keep your flies near the bottom and in the strike zone.
With all the numerous mayfly hatches that go on throughout the summer, having a pattern like Mercer’s Micro Mayfly available in your fly arsenal can only help to better your odds in catching those large finicky trout that you spend hours upon hours chasing.