Today's Fly Friday is from PRO-Team member Jim Lees!
Sedge Emerger
For a lot of years now when I’ve needed a sedge emerger I’ve used Roman Moser’s Balloon Caddis, a great fish catching fly, but with it sitting so low in the water I’m finding it more difficult to keep track of in more broken water as it gets into the lower light levels of the evening. No doubt more to do with my dodgy eyesight than any failing of the fly itself. So this season it’s lost its place in my box to a pattern that’s a bit more visible.
Sparkle Emerger Yarn is used to form a loop at the thorax to represent the expanding shuck of the emerger, in a similar way that the use of yellow foam does with the Balloon Caddis. In my opinion though the yarn does this better. It’s more translucent, traps air in the bubble to enhance the effect and keep the fly floating at the right angle plus it adds a bit of visibility to the fly’s footprint without adding a weight of material or opacity to the silhouette from below the surface. To get the best effect use your nail to spread the yarn half way around the hook shank at both tie in and tie off points.
When fished the wing of Snowshoe Rabbit also sits vertically to make the fly easier to see and swapping out the tan wing for black helps a lot with visibility when casting into silver water. All round this has been a great fly for me this season
Hook: Grub/Shrimp Straighter Eye K4A/S #12
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 Brown
Abdomen: Orange/Amber mixed Dubbing Shuck
Loop: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Amber
Wing: Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Tan
Thorax: Pine Squirrel

Jim Lees

Born, raised and still living near the banks of the river Clyde in Scotland I started my fishing life on one of its tributaries 30 years ago and started tying flies at the same time. With no local fly shops there wasn’t really much choice and as the only anglers I knew all tied their own flies I just assumed if you wanted to fly fish you learned how to tie your own flies.

Early on I developed an interest in the riverside insect life; their life cycles and behaviours. How and when the different species became available to Trout as food. This interest led me away from traditional Clyde flies and on to experimenting with new materials and new fly designs and to this day flies for Trout are Grayling are my primary focus. Flies that are open to tyers of all levels, flies that catch fish.

With the rivers Clyde, Annan and Tweed on my doorstep I have access to some great Trout fishing during some heavy hatches. My first love, and where I spend a lot of my fishing time, is on the many small overgrown tributaries where the casting is tight and the fish are often fussy due to the rich insect life. When I have the choice I’ll always fish dry flies and, while I do enjoy tying and fishing nymphs, when the conditions suit, Streamer fishing comes a close second to the dry fly. Streamer fishing offers a different way of approaching a river, a completely different mindset, and for the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed trying to provoke the Trout’s predator response. My tying reflects those choices.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to fish on some fantastic rivers around Britain and Europe and I’m also proud to have been invited to demonstrate fly tying at fly fairs in Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland and around the UK. I’m honoured to join the Partridge pro team and looking forward showing my flies on the best range of hooks on the market.

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