Finally is Summer. The rivers are nice, outside is warm even in high mountains, insects are everywhere. Unfortunately the fish are full with food and is starting to be difficult to catch from now on. The time for Big flies like hige GHRE variants and Peeping Caddis tied on size 8, 10 and 12 hooks are not so effective. Some variants tied on size #14 and #16 hooks will still work but now slim flies with a clear body and caddis pupa start to be more effective.
A fly that I start tying and using in this time , especially when is hot outside, clear waters and trout and grayling are picky, is small quill nymphs without any weight and fished with dry fly leaders. I use French Technique called “Pêche en Nymphe à vue” and is very effective on rivers with high fishing pressure. Is a difficult technique and you have to practice a lot before you will really start catching some fish. But is regarding especially when you are hunting big educated trout and grayling in ginger clear waters.
Thread: any time you like , for me it works 17/0 Trico Thread from Uni
Tail: nutria guard hair or any type of fibers do you have
Torax back: body thread – any type and any color you like
Legs : are optional and you can make them, if you want , with partridge or brahma hen fibers
Bellow in the step-by-step you will notice that I play a little bit with thread colors to make a gradient of color of the back area. The reason was to imitate more closer the baetis pattern. The reality demonstrated that is no difference if I use only one colors or 2 in construction of the torax part.
In fact flies tied with peacock are fascinating , the gradient of the peacock is unique and makes the nymphs tied peacock quill so beautiful. Probably only the bodies made with biots are close enough to the peacock but I don’t know why are not so popular. .