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Thursday, February 25, 2016

AP Emerger Variation

A Hybrid of a Hybrid fly

AP Emerger variation


When I was still fairly new to the sport, the annual outdoors expo was the highlight of my year because I could go wander around looking at flies, gear, etc...  I was going through a phase where I fished lakes 90% of the time, so I was always looking for the latest greatest stillwater pattern. I tied flies a lot, and at the time, they boxes were loaded with leeches, buggers, and other abominations that I called flies.  It was at this show where I saw Denny Rickards giving a presentation on his patterns and techniques for stillwater angling, and like he starts off so many times, he started by telling of a fly that was illegal in most states because it caught so many fish.  We all knew it was BS, and so did Denny.  I guess that was his way of getting people's attention by telling them that he had an effective fly.  Don't quote me on it, but I think the "illegal" fly changed between the seal bugger and the AP emerger depending on which show it was.  I never really bought in to the pitch wholeheartedly, but I'll guaran-damn-tee you that I tied some of those flies for my box! I was young and impressionable! 

AP Variant with a different tail and a hint of pink
Just like any fly pattern that I tie, I immediately began tweaking these flies to suit my needs.  The AP (stands for All Purpose) emerger is basically a larger sized soft hackle that had a wood duck, mallard, or partridge tail, a dubbed body with a wire rib through it, a peacock thorax, and a partridge soft hackle.  Larger sized soft hackles really should be in any stillwater angler's box and they can be fished as anything from a mayfly nymph to a leech.  The variation that I use now has a bit buggier dubbing than the original, and adds just a hint of flash in the body, thorax, and head.  I also really like fishing these in natural hare's ear color, but with hints of other colors.
~Cheech





Recipes

**I listed Hareline grade 1 partridge in these recipes, but the grade 2 pelts will work too. If you want a slight upgrade on the partridge, get a Nature's Spirit Partridge Skin HERE.

Natural/Purple

Hook: Daiichi 1710 #8 (+)
Weight: Lead Free Wire - .020 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - Purple (+)
Tail and Collar: Partridge - Natural (+)
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear (+)
Rib: Holographic Tinsel Medium - Purple (+)
Thorax: Ice Dub - Brown (+)


Natural/Pink

Hook: Daiichi 1710 #8 (+)
Weight: Lead Free Wire - .020 (+)
Thread: MFC 8/0 - Fl. Pink (+)
Tail and Collar: Partridge - Natural (+)
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear (+)
Rib: Holographic Tinsel Medium- Pink (+)
Thorax: Ice Dub - Brown (+)


Natural/Chartreuse

Hook: Daiichi 1710 #8 (+)
Weight: Lead Free Wire - .020 (+)
Thread: MFC 8/0 - Chartreuse (+)
Tail and Collar: Partridge - Natural (+)
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear (+)
Rib: Holographic Tinsel Medium- Chartreuse (+)
Thorax: Ice Dub - Brown (+)


Natural/Pearl

Hook: Daiichi 1710 #8 (+)
Weight: Lead Free Wire - .020 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - Gray (+)
Tail and Collar: Partridge - Natural (+)
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear (+)
Rib: Veevus Pearl Tinsel Medium (+)
Thorax: Ice Dub - Brown (+)


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