By midsummer, most of the best insect hatches are over–especially in the East and Midwest–but dry-fly anglers still have Tricos to look forward to. These tiny mayflies can produce excellent action, but it’s tough to see such tiny flies on the surface, especially in low light.
In this week’s great how-to video, Tim Flagler of of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie a simple, small Trico imitation that floats well and is visible on the water. The keys are the splayed tails and the wing made from New Zealand strike indicator yarn. As usual, Tim demonstrates some tying tricks that will make you a better tier. The way he uses a short piece of thread to splay the tails is ingenious.
Hook: Your favorite dry-fly hook (here, a Fulling Mill 5050), sizes 20-24.
Thread: Black Veevus, 16/0.
Tails: 3 white or light gray Mayfly Tails or Microfibbets.
Body: Tying thread.
Wing: White New Zealand strike-indicator wool.
Thorax: Black Superfine dubbing.
Head: Tying thread.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, whip-finish tool.