Green Sparkle Maggot
Unfortunately, this picture doesn't do this size 18 gem any justice. It's very sparkly, and acts as a great attractor fly. This nymph is used either at the bottom of the water column or can be used as a dropper from a dry in some instances to imitate a caddis larva or an emerging caddis. If you flip over rocks in the spring time, as water temps reach the mid 40s, you'll start to see what we call green rock worms, otherwise known as green caddis larva. They can be everywhere! And when they are, it's in your best nature to dead drift these guys through a likely holding spot.
The great thing about this fly is that it's an incredibly easy tie. Good thing because I lose a ton of them on rocks or logs. You simply place an appropriate sized gold bead near the eye of the hook and then make a body of UTC 70 black thread. Apply some green caddis ice dubbing from the bend of the hook to just about behind the bead. Leave room for your peacock herl, and wrap a whole piece in behind the bead. Tie it off, whip finish and your down.
Hook: Size 16 emerger hook
Thread: Black UTC 70
Bead: Size 3/32" gold bead (good for size 16)
Body: Green Caddis Ice Dubbing
Thorax: Peacock Herl
I’m calling this a Parachute Ant, but really I use it for a lot of different presentations. I might use it to imitate a black or brown caddis, but I also use it in smaller sizes to imitate midge dries as well. This fly doesn’t sit on top of the water entirely, which I also like. If you grease up the parachute with a gel floatant, this thing will ride just below the surface looking like a struggling bug… right in the trout’s strike zone. The parachute post can be tied in white or orange. I like the orange sometimes because a lot of rivers in Maine are tannic colored and hard to locate white because of all of the foam on the water.
As far as tying, look up a klinkhamer video and basically copy it. The only difference is that you’ll just use dubbing for the whole fly and can leave the peacock herl on the tying bench. It’s a pretty easy tie, and once you get the hang of it you can whip up a couple dozen in 2 hours.
Hook: Emerger hook down eye size 16, 18 & 20
Thread: Black UTC 70
Hackle: Black or tan dry fly hackle
Post: Mcflylon in white or orange
Each year I'm trying to get better at the whole multimedia side of fly fishing. Unfortunately, I'm doing this all with an iPhone, so the quality isn't as good as people who are doing this with professional cameras. One thing I'm learning is that I need as many film clips as possible, and to have a vision before I just start shooting film. I hope you enjoy some of our favorite memories from the 2018 season!!
Aaron Broaddus is a passionate fly fisherman and a Maine guide.