Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Mosquito Patterns

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Hillbilly Hollow, NC
    Posts
    1,035

    Lightbulb Mosquito Patterns

    I have been working on some flies for my son to take to WY for a NOLS course he is going to attend. Most of the suggested patterns were ones that I already tie, or at least had tied at some time except the mosquito. I ended up trying about a half a dozen patterns but settled on these first two. I tried biot bodies, quill stem bodies, and one light and one dark moose hair body. I ended up liking the moose hair body, with the moose hair tail the best. I think it will be more durable and float better than a hackle tail fiber. Some had down wings and some have traditional upright hen tip wings. I ended up tying him a few of each.

    Moose hair one light, one dark, up wing, moose tail


    Down wing, moose hair one light, one dark, moose tail


    Up wing, grizzly hackle stem body. The stem may be the most durable, but it just looked too dark and lacked segmentation.


    Biot body, up wing


    Down wing, one light one dark moose hair, hackle fiber tail
    Last edited by flyman; 07-09-2012 at 07:08 AM. Reason: genetics have been cruel to me!
    "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
    Salvador Dali

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    Posts
    940

    Default

    Those look really nice flyman.
    Tiny hooks I assume?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Crossville, TN
    Posts
    2,396

    Default

    Those flies look awesome! I agree with you that the look of the moose hair body is great. Those flies look too pretty to fish...
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

    Guided Fly Fishing with David Knapp
    The Trout Zone Blog
    contact: TroutZoneAnglers at gmail dot com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lima, Ohio
    Posts
    622

    Default

    The y all look great, but I really like the biot body - upwing ........
    Heaven seems a little closer .........on a Smoky Mountain stream.......
    Jeremiah 29:13

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Norris, TN
    Posts
    2,112

    Default

    Those flies are beauties! My favorite fly is the dry and the toughest to fish. One problem I have noticed with small dry flies is that sit too high on the surface. This makes it almost impossible to identify unless it drifts right over the fish's snell window due to refraction.

    • One tip you might want to consider is to trim your lower hackle to sit the fly lower in the film. This will help accentuate the profile to the trout.
    • Also; I like to wrap a bit of silver wire on the gape of the hook.

    Here is an example of the idea I am trying to explain previously. The picture is of an adult mayfly that I took a few months back...Hope this helps with some of your patterns.

    *PS-Also, I like to use wet or nymph hooks for my dries. This helps the body to sit better in the film.

    Last edited by MadisonBoats; 07-10-2012 at 07:09 AM. Reason: hooks...
    “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, & creative imagination.
    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
    power
    to choose, to respond, to change.”



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    27

    Default

    Steve,
    Good to see some photos of your flies around online. It's been awhile since I've seen you post some... Or maybe I just need to check in more often! Beautiful dries!!

    Caleb

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Posts
    183

    Default

    Excellent flies Steve, you are an artist when it comes to your flies!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    119

    Default

    "TOP HAT" Mr. Flyman ......you put the bar way up there where we cant reach.Feed -em to the painted fish.
    "never let a day go by without telling the CHILDREN how special they are"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    yonder
    Posts
    159

    Default

    I took shawn's advice and applied it to my own tying of flies.......excellent advice......more hookups....more fish......thanks for the tip......just thought I would bump the thread........any more tips would be greatly appreciated...from any and all..........
    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    Those flies are beauties! My favorite fly is the dry and the toughest to fish. One problem I have noticed with small dry flies is that sit too high on the surface. This makes it almost impossible to identify unless it drifts right over the fish's snell window due to refraction.

    • One tip you might want to consider is to trim your lower hackle to sit the fly lower in the film. This will help accentuate the profile to the trout.
    • Also; I like to wrap a bit of silver wire on the gape of the hook.

    Here is an example of the idea I am trying to explain previously. The picture is of an adult mayfly that I took a few months back...Hope this helps with some of your patterns.

    *PS-Also, I like to use wet or nymph hooks for my dries. This helps the body to sit better in the film.

    Here I walk slowly, deliberately, taking it one step, one trout, one sunset at a time. -Harry Middleton

Similar Threads

  1. Egg patterns...
    By Mundele in forum Smoky Mountain Fishing
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-31-2011, 08:39 AM
  2. Emergent Mosquito
    By Trico in forum General Fly Tying
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-20-2011, 07:17 PM
  3. New Smyrna Beach/Mosquito Lagoon
    By lexfly in forum Saltwater Fly Fishing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-22-2010, 12:37 PM
  4. Gar Patterns
    By sprestwood in forum Warmwater Fly Fishing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-07-2008, 05:38 PM
  5. Mosquito Lagoon to Sebastian Inlet
    By justfishing in forum Saltwater Fly Fishing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-14-2006, 07:27 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •