Hemingway’s Realistic Ephemera Danica Set
Most unique product of this kind!
Hemingway’s Realistic Ephemera Danica Set – Tube Body & Wings is clearly ‘state of the art’ when comes to realistic flies. Now you can create this beautiful mayfly yourself, proudly show it off, but also catch some serious fish using it. Because, no matter how fancy this fly looks – it is meant to be used and used again. The package includes 6 sets of tube bodies and wings – material for 6 flies.
Tube bodies included are hyper-realistic – the detail on them is as close to the real thing as possible and – they are all hand-made by professional fly tyers! Bodies are adorned with mayfly’s three long tails, are hollow, and have great floating capabilities, mimicking real fly’s body so well in size, color, proportion, and weight.
Hemingway’s famous realistic mayfly wings here come as 2-pairs: 2 big wings for the front and 2 small rear wings. The intricate detail on these is nothing less than amazing, mimicking the real fly so well and featuring life-like mayfly veins and a transparent and delicate appearance. Wings are shaped, sized, and colored – there is no need for any cutting, shaping, burning, coloring… Simply take them off the backing sheet and tie them on. Besides the delicate look – these premium fly parts are very durable and will withstand many takes. They are premium quality, protected from the elements – they are waterproof and UV resistant, so no additional prep work is needed. They are made out of very flexible material so they are easy to bend and manipulate when tying. The softness and flexibility of the material make them easily gulped by the fish.
Hemingway’s Realistic Ephemera Danica Tube Body & Wings Set comes with 6 sets per pack to tie 6 flies. For a limited time, you get bonus sets of wings (4 bonus sets in small, 2 bonus sets in medium and large packs)!
You have a choice of three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and 2 color combinations: Light Yellow & Yellow. Light Yellow set comes with Light Yellow tube body and Gray Wings, and Yellow set has Yellow tube body and Light Gray wings.
Small (12-14 hook size)
Medium (10-12 hook size)
Large (8-10 hook size).
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Fishing Mayfly Dun Patterns
The majority of mayfly species molt in the spring and early summer, while others do it at different times of the year. You could have sporadic hatches of certain species even in the late fall and early spring. These sporadic times could be even more interesting and productive for trout (and for a fisherman). During early spring and the fall, mayflies hatch in the warm hours of the day – usually midday. In the summertime, this event moves more towards the morning and late afternoon or early evenings. Usually, the warmer the weather, the shorter the hatch is – an hour or two. With cooler weather, this can last a couple of hours. As mayfly duns float on the surface like little sailboats, this behavior dictates the method of presentation of the fly that is imitating it. When presenting a dun imitation to the trout, it has to be drag-free and from upstream, not giving a fish much opportunity to see the line or leader. This can be done by cross-current reach cast. This way your fly will drift towards the trout before the line and the leader arrive.
To learn more about the mayfly life cycle and fly fishing techniques for different mayfly stages go here.
One of the reviews of Hemingway’s realistic wings:
Hemingway’s Realistic Wings
“Wings? You want wings? We have wings! There are three types here: May Fly, Caddis and Stone Fly. All are made in the same way – a pre-cut shape on a backing sheet, all printed with details that suggest the natural wing. May Fly and Caddis come as pairs, Stone Fly as two separate wings. All have a matt surface facing out and gloss on the side in contact with the backing card.
These are made from tough stuff, too. I can stretch it until it breaks, and it’s difficult to cut with thread. These look like stiff wings but this is actually quite supple plastic. It’s difficult to explain what I’m getting at here, but the texture of this plastic seems to work well; they hold position or posture well but are ‘squashy’: easily gulped by a trout.
These are not just copies of wings the shapes have been thought out for tying. What I mean is I could simply tie over the narrow point where the May Fly wing pairs meet; I can but I don’t have to, because I can tie down the wee tabs on either side of that narrow strip. Similarly, both the Caddis and Stone Fly have short level stumps or stubs where I want to tie them in. Tying in the tabs and stumps takes a minute or two of practice, but it’s not hard and the wings are resilient so if they roll around or otherwise misbehave just remove the thread and start over.
I found sizing slightly problematic. I guess that comes from the styles of flies I tie and being more used to tying with natural materials. When I come to proportion a fly I work to the hook: the tail, body, wing and hackle are all sized using the hook as my reference. By contrast, these wings are precisely pre-cut and I’d rather not start butchering them, so do I have to find a hook the right size for the wing? I was sent medium-sized wings – the photograph shows a pair mounted on a #10 Fine Dry Fly G-Point. It looks big to my eye, and I regard #10 as a fairly large dry fly hook.
No, I don’t need bigger hooks. In fact, that approach really misses the point and purpose of these wings. Far from needing something bigger than that #10, I should probably use a smaller, or at least shorter hook, and fit a detached body. The point being, these materials come from a different mind-set and way of tying. Some of my old habits, using the hook as my reference adjusting proportions to suit, will have to go if I am going to get the most from these.
OK, so how do I size flies tied with these wings? How do I fit the parts together? I suppose I could get medium wings and medium detached bodies and just fit the two together – but again that misses the point. These are designed to be used with the insect, the natural bug, as the reference. If I know the rough length and colour of a dun’s body and the height of its wings I can fairly quickly choose a suitable detached tube body and wing pair.
Contrast that with our traditional methods of tying flies – give me the dressing notes for an Adam’s or a Lunn’s or a Kite’s Imperial and frankly I can tie a decent version of that artificial fly without having the least inkling what a natural fly looks like. If fact, we can take that further, so for example, flies like Greenwell’s Glory, have taken on a life of their own – the debate over the original tying and the challenge of finding that exact ‘real’ Greenwell cape, whatever that means. None of those debates or challenges, interesting though they might be, has the least hint of anything to do with entomology.
It strikes me that Hemingway’s wings and tube bodies (featured in a previous On the Bench) are part of a move away from that older type thinking and tying. Oh, and they make a pretty neat fishing fly, too!”
Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013
Read the full article here.