BWO Emerger is a simple but lifelike imitation of the Blue Winged Olive mayfly or baetidae. The fly is normally used around the BWO hatches around April and August. If you want to match other hatches, you can use different colors in the body and wing. Blue Winged Olive Emerger is a fly pattern that beginners could try if they wish to have a fly known to catch fish.
Materials for BWO Emerger
|Dark Olive 6/0
|Hare’s Ice Dub
Video Instructions on How to Tie a BWO EmergerVideo coming soon.
Slideshow on How To Tie a BWO Emerger
Step 1 – Make the Body
Even if this is a simple fly with only a few materials, it can be tricky to tie in smaller sizes. But, as long as you take your time, it is doable. Remember that you can also always go back if you make a mistake when tying flies. Tie in the tying thread close to the hook’s eye. Cover the hook shank until your thread is aligned with the hook’s barb. Tie in the body herl by the tip. You want to remove some of the tip as this part is very fragile and thin. You can make a more robust fly by adding a tiny drop of varnish to the hook before wrapping the body herl.
Step 2 – Make the Thorax and Wing Case
Tie in the CDC feather. Depending on the hook size, you might use one or two feathers. The feather length should be approximately on hook length when wrapped over the thorax area. Make a tiny dubbing noodle with the Rusty Orange Hare’s Ice Dub. You only want one single wrap with this dubbing. Make another dubbing noodle with the Olive Hare’s Ice Dub. Two wraps will be enough on the smaller flies. Fold over the CDC feather to create the wing case of the emerger. Tie it off. Complete the fly with a whip finish or a few half-hitches and some varnish.
How to Fish the BWO Emerger
The Blue Winged Olive Emerger is best fished when the BWOs are hatching. Fish it upstream on rising fish that are feeding on emerging BWOs. The CDC feather is naturally impregnated, so you do not need any floatant.