The Poly Ball Mayfly is a ‘match the hatch’ pattern used to cover the Mayfly, Hex, or Drake emergences. This is primarily a trout and grayling pattern.
How to fish:
Fished using traditional dry fly presentations. This large fly requires an appropriately built leader and a well executed cast to achieve proper turnover.
|1. Take the silk to the point shown in the picture.|
|2. Whip an extended body to the shank of the hook. Ensure that it points upwards. If needed, secure with super glue.|
|3. Whip the wings to the shank with figure of eight wraps.|
|4. Top tip – Tie these in longer than you expect you will need. Trim them afterwards. If you trim them in the vice, you will cut them too short. Trust me!|
|5. Select your booby eye ‘stalk’ of foam.|
|6. Trim to a fine point with asharp pair of scissors. You do this to reduce bulk at the tie in point.|
|7. Secure the foam post by its ‘point.’|
|8. Tie in a stiff cock hackle with the concave side of the hackle pointing away from you with the hackle parallel to the shank.|
|9. Form the hackle ‘para-style’ around the base of the ‘post’, tie in, and finish off with a whip finish, or a few half hitches.|
|10. Varnish the exposed thread. For best results apply two coats.|
|11. The translucent effect gives the fly an impression of having an exo-skeleton when viewed by the fish.|
|12. Trim the ends of the wings to a rounded, natural, shape.|
|13. Ready to deploy!|