by Steve May - May 01, 1997
If you ever get the chance to ask our commercial fly tyer Steve May what dry fly he ties the most of – he is going to reply the Usual Emerger by far! This can’t be because of its exquisite looks or perfect match the hatch features. Both Steve and I along with the rest of the troutfitter guides believe it is because of the flies performance!
This is our go to fly for mayfly hatches here on the Grand River tailwater fishery. It is easy to tie! Matching the right colour of the mayfly dun with appropriate micro fine dry dub is easy and making the exact size replica of the natural is also simple.
Now add the natural water shedding oils that are in the snowshoes rabbits feet (imagine the short life expectancy of a hare trying to escape capture if snow stuck to his feet). So, this very same life saving for the rabbit natural water repelling wing material now brings you the high floating performance you desire in all your dry flies.
This buoyant pattern performs even after a super soaking of a long fish fight. Yes, after landing a fish, checking your tippet and knot strengths, cast this fly back on the water and watch it float towards another hopeful willing mouth.
If you add a drop of Troutsman Dry fly juice this pattern goes right back to perfect first cast performance ever time!!