This weeks Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Jim Lees, it's the BWO Wet Fly!
With the rivers being so low and the weather still relatively mild we're lucky enough to have some dry fly fishing to start off the Grayling season. For the parts of the day where there's no surface activity however the low water levels are meaning the more standard nymphing techniques we usually employ restrict the areas of the river we can effectively cover without constantly catching the bottom or cleaning weed off our flies.
The most effective way I've found to fish these conditions is to use a lighter metal beaded nymph instead of the usual tungsten and pair it with a wet fly on the dropper of a two fly cast. The lighter flies keep more of the river open to us and with the fish not yet hard on the bottom I've found this wet fly to be the main "catching" fly.
BWO Wet Fly Materials:
Hook: Partridge of Redditch Wet Heavy Supreme G3AL #18
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 30D White
Tail: Md Dun Hen Hackle Fibres
Body: Olive Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Md Dun Hen
Head: Tying thread coloured with Olive Marker