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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fly Pattern - Mosquito

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The mosquito is, in my opinion, the most under utilized pattern in Alberta. I rarely see guys posting or talking about this pattern. They don't show up on any "Top 10 Trout Flys!" or "Essential Alberta Dry Fly" lists. Which is strange. I'm no entomologist, but mosquitoes have got to be among the most abundant bugs around here (although, if grasshoppers spent their existence trying to bite my ass all year round, I would probably notice them much more too...) Anyways this is probably my favorite dry pattern, and if you get tired of tying another BWO over and over feel free to give this one a shot, and share your thoughts too!



Tying the Mosquito

Step One:
Like always, ensure to give your barbs a pinch and give the body of your hook a slight bend before you begin. Take a size 10 or smaller dry hook and tie off your black thread from eye to heel.

Step Two:
Take a piece of grizzly hackle and nip the very end piece to attach a small tail. At this point you can also attach a small section of wire or ribbing. Secure these pieces to the tail and wrap your thread to the eye. This is a delicate fly so the body will only be comprised of your threading, make it uniform.






Step Three:
Make several wraps of your ribbing and tie off at the eye. Now affix the remaining section of hackle.











Step Four:
Make several wraps of hackle, and tie off just behind the eye. That`s it for this simple pattern, a quick whip finish and a (Light!) dab of cement and we`re done.


Notes: Super simple pattern, and a blast to fish on still water right at dusk when the trout are rising. I find a lot of patterns using the ribbing method shown, but I think it`s particularly relevant for these mosquitoes, take a look at the bodies on these suckers;

A slow melt and cooler temperatures in central Alberta may mean fewer mosquitos bites this year.










As always make sure you share your thoughts! Make sure you check out my other patterns :)