Tying a Hummingbird Mayfly by Davie McPhail

The Mayfly is great Early Season fly, but can be used throughout the season. The life of a Mayfly can be minutes to an hour long and in Scotland, the hatch is around June. The male Mayfly seeks out females to mate as quickly as possible, before falling dead onto the surface of the water. During this time, Trout aggressively feed on spent Mayflys. Variants made can differ in size and even colour, such as this Hummingbird variant created by Davie. Using striking colours mixed in with traditional colours, this Hummingbird Mayfly is a great year-round variant!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Claret Bob's Bits, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 16 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Dyed Black Cock Fibres Body: Fibre from a Peacock Neck Feather Back: Hot Orange CDC Feather Thorax: Bleached and Dyed Flu-Pink Pheasant Tail Fibres Wing: Dyed Black CDC and Fibres from a Peacock Neck Feather Thorax Cover: Black Foam or Floss

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!