“The Moosemane Olive”
Hook: Nymph Hook #14-18
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body: Two strands of olive moose mane (one dark one light)
Thorax: Rabbit/Squirrel mix in olive and natural
Wing Case: Folded over pheasant tail
I’m a big fan of trying to come up with generic patterns and this little guy here has proven to be a great one! These flies, when tied very small, will imitate blue wing olive nymphs, and can be tied larger to imitate a variety of others mayflies.
I like to tie these on a heavier hook and then as needed I douse them with a little floatant as it will allow them to ride higher in the water column and can work well on a swing during a hatch. Many mayflies are taken under the surface before ever breaking the surface and swinging them is a good way to get a trouts attention when they are targeting emergers.