Hook: Tiemco TMC100BL #12-14
Body: Snowshoe Hare dyed olive
Hackle: Brahma hen dyed golden olive
Thread: Danville 6/0 brown olive
A pattern drawing on classic wet flies such as the Woodcock and Hare’s lug but tied with materials to give it greater buoyancy so that it will sit in the surface film. Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy who coined the term flymph described them as patterns to imitate the hatching insect be it mayfly, caddisfly, or midge, that is in the stage of metamorphosis as it emerges. Suspect this pattern may need some ribbing to give it greater robustness when fished.
Hook: Hayabusa 761 #12
Tail: Pheasant tail fibres, dyed claret
Body: Claret/Gold UV straggler fritz
Legs: Knotted Pheasant tail
Cloak: Bronze Mallard, dyed claret
Thread: Danville 6/0 claret
A simple variation of the black and silver UV hobbler from George Barron’s book  At the end of the line. As George notes, the extra dressing on hobblers seems to appeal more to rainbows than wild browns so this variant seems a sensible addition to my Eyebrook box. Tied up a few for this season with different lengths of cloak, this is longer in the Irish tradition for dabblers. Best described as a modern traditional, the legginess of hobblers should make it a particularly effective pattern.
- George Barron At the end of the line (Talybont, Ceredigion: Privately published by the author, 2016).
Hook: Hayabusa 761 #12-14
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet dyed red
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Seal’s fur: red rear, black front
Hackle: Furnace hen
Cheeks: Jungle Cock splits
Thread: Danvilles 6/0
A minor variant on Rob Denson’s ‘Red Arrow’ Cruncher. Has all the characteristics of the traditional Bibio together with the nymph qualities of the Cruncher.