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Oliver Edwards Paraduns

It is very common for fly-fishers to be undecided about which particular pattern to use for a given hatch, even the more experienced sometimes dither - there is no need for this angst. You don’t need to be an entomologist (the trout aren’t!) to select the correct pattern when small to medium sized mayflies (upwings) are being taken. Simply look at the ones hatching – the natural, and chose a fly from the selection below which mimics it, one close enough in SIZE and COLOUR, but It doesn’t have to be absolutely exact. Present correctly – without ‘drag’, and you’ll be into fish.

The Parachute Dry Fly – The Paradun - is still an expert’s choice dry fly style (despite CDC’s popularity) not least of which is the fact that it is virtually guaranteed to sit correctly every cast. Also the radiating hackle barbs of the ‘Parachute style’ hackle provides vastly superior floatation over the conventionally wrapped hackle and, as an important bonus, it also gives a rudimentary ‘footprint’ in the surface. Oliver’s Paraduns also have fine, well forked tails which give added support to the bend of the hook, plus a convincing outline! The poly wing post is a good sighter which also acts as a take trigger as it comes into the fish’s window – all together a technically sound design - every box ticked!

These five patterns, virtually straight out of Oliver’s fly box cover what are arguably the five most commonly encountered hatches of small to medium sized mayflies (upwings) on UK and many European rivers. For the US flyfisher many favourite hatches, even ‘Super’ hatches can be matched with this selection…naturals such as Iron Blue Quills, Slate Winged Olives, Sulphurs, PMD’s, PED’s, Hendricksons, etc.


Large Dark Olive

Our most common small/medium mayfly. It hatches in spring, (sometimes even when snow is on the banks) and again in late Autumn. Trout and grayling love them.

£1.95
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Medium Olive

Another popular mayfly, and despite its name is virtually the same size as the Large Dark. Generally hatches later in the season than the Large Dark. Very popular on many Southern streams.

£1.95

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Blue Winged Olive

This mayfly has the habit of emerging late in the day, sometimes very late. It emerges in the summer months through to autumn. Emergences can be huge and trout and grayling go nuts for them. The Northern types found on the freestone rivers can be considerably smaller than those found on Southern Chalkstreams.

£1.95

 

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Iron Blue

The Iron Blue has made something of a comeback in recent years – or so it seems. Trout have a particular fondness for these small inky duns, and take them very positively

£1.95
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Pale Watery

This pattern will also cover the Small Spurwing, and the uncommon Pale Evening Dun. But the true Pale Watery (Baetis fuscatus) is very common on many rivers, emerges throughout the day, and trickles along from mid to late May, all summer, with a noticeable peak in late autumn.

£1.95
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Mohican Mayfly

Size of the adults does change from river to river. Males are also smaller than females. So we are now offering 3 sizes, the two larger ones for the females and the smallest size 14 for males. Don’t discount these small males, they are often preferred to the huge females. This happened when filming the Mayfly DVD on the river Avon.

Many fly fishers consider this to be the very best Mayfly or Greendrake pattern currently available. It offers a totally convincing silhouette, sits correctly every cast and is as tough as old boots. A must during the Mayfly (Ephemera danica) emergence in the UK and Europe. Also a ‘go-to’ pattern for the rivers of the Eastern States of America during the emergence of the American Greendrake (Ephemera guttulata)

We are also offering, after many requests, the spent spinner partner to Oliver’s very popular Mohican Mayfly - His detached body Spent Greendrake
£1.95
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Spent Greendrake / Spent Mayfly

This pattern with its very convincing spent silhouette fools even the pickiest of fish. The very soft yielding body tricks them sufficiently to hang on and turn down with it. This is simply a ‘must have’ pattern for those warm still late afternoons and evenings, when the ‘spents’ are laying prostrate on the surface, dying after discharging their eggs….sitting ducks! This pattern not only covers the spent “Mayfly” (Ephemera danica) popular throughout much of Europe, it is also an excellent copy of the Eastern Greendrake (Ephemera guttulata) so popular with fly fishers of many Eastern US rivers.
£1.95
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CDC Bubble Wing Caddis

This pattern incorporates a unique CDC wing style devised in mainland Europe several years ago. It has been suggested that the bulging nature of the CDC wing copies the caddisfly as its wings erupt from the pupal shuck. i.e., as emergence is almost completed. That may well be true, but it fishes well throughout a hatch.

We offer three popular patterns.


CDC Bubble Wing Caddis
The Grannom

Possibly the best known caddisfly in the UK. It emerges during the day, often in the hundreds of thousands causing a feeding frenzy. These emergences start in early April, so it is often the first real feast of the season for the resident fish.

£1.95
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CDC Bubble Wing Caddis
Grey Flag

These copy our common and very abundant Hydropsyche species. They emerge in large numbers at dusk during the summer months, where they transpose rapidly at the surface and are often taken noisily as fish surge up to take them.

£1.95
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CDC Bubble Wing Caddis
Sandfly

Covers our most widespread Rhyacophila species - Rhyacophila dorsalis. It emerges during the day and on into dusk. This pattern has proved to be a good search pattern – a ‘fish puller’ during those dead hot summer afternoons.

£1.95
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Black Gnat

Tri-Vis Black Gnat

Arguably our most important terrestrial insect from a fly fishing point of view. This pattern has an excellent track record including a 3lb-5oz Brownie from the Wharfe in May 2010. The pattern features a segmented foam body, clipped hackle (for better leg definition) and a wing post of three high-vis colours for easy tracking in broken or foam flecked water.

£1.95

 

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Flying Ant

Queen Black Ant

Commonly called the ‘Flying Ant’. This pattern copies the new Queens which leave their colonies in their thousands on hot still July days and disperse to start new colonies. These juicy fat bodied black insects are greedily eaten when they haplessly land on water. However, this pattern is an excellent mimic of many black bodied terrestrials and is an excellent search pattern for those hot summer days.

£1.95
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Footprint Dun

This pattern was developed for ‘educated’ fish, those that often ignore the more traditional patterns thrown at them all season long.  We cover most of the more important European up-wing hatches, as well as several of the important hatches in the US.  On the Footprint Duns there is no mess of hackle, instead the clean lines, slight surface imprints and convincing single wing profile of a real dun.  Remember these are a sparsely dressed flies and need to be treated correctly with floatants, then they sit bolt upright on the water for many casts.  Treat whole fly well with a dessicant powder and blow off excess, then treat the body, legs and tails with floatant, but not the poly-wing.


Footprint Dun
Blue Winged Olive - Small Dark Phase
(Also covers the Iron Blue)
£1.95

 

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Footprint Dun
Blue Winged Olive - Olive Phase
(Also covers the Medium Olive)
£1.95

 

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Footprint Dun
Olive Upright
£1.95

 

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Footprint Dun
Pale Watery
£1.95

 

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Emerging Dun

Here we offer the ever popular Large Dark Olive, the justly famous Spring Olive, and the less well fished but important Pale Watery, which is often seen in good numbers in late summer – early autumn. Wet the abdomen so it sits correctly, keep the CDC wing dry and revive when wetted with a desiccant powder. Only fish them dead drift.
Emerging Dun
Large Dark Olive
£1.95

 


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Emerging Dun
Pale Watery
£1.95

 

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Yellow May Emerger

This pattern is the only commercially tied copy of this important stage of this insect’s life cycle, and it is little changed from the original in my book Flytyer’s Masterclass. These distinctive all yellow emergers are eagerly intercepted by both trout and grayling, and it’s not unusual to find some fish stuffed with them. I often fish this as the point fly of a ‘duo’ set-up with a Yellowhamer as the indicator fly. It also works well as the point fly in a team of spider wets.
£1.95

 

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Semi-Circle Spinner

This range covers all the most frequently fished spinner falls in the UK and Europe. Remember, several species of up-wings crawl to the stream bed to egg-lay and do not die spent on the surface. The semi-circle design is easier to follow even into deep dusk. The span of hackle above the surface is a real sighting bonus when the light has virtually gone, and you’re covering a fish that bit further out. Each pattern is very well proven and they have a permanent place in my fly box.
Semi-Circle Spinner Blue Winged Olive
£1.95

 

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Semi-Circle Spinner Olive Upright
£1.95

 

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Semi-Circle Spinner Yellow May Dun
£1.95

 

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Semi-Circle Spinner Pale Watery
£1.95

 

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Klinkhamer (Original LT)

The various ‘Klinks’ are now used wherever trout streams flow, and are without doubt the most successful surface pattern to be devised in the past fifty years. This was the first colour-way tied by the originator, Dutchman Hans van Klinken. It was first called the LT Caddis (LT = Light Tan). It is still a ‘must have’ pattern. For all Klinkhamers; wet the abdomen, treat the hackle and poly post wing with floatant. Fish dead drift, target or search fish.
£1.95

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Large Drowning Bibio

A must have in late April and early May when the Hawthorn-Flies are on the wing. This pattern is from my book, Flytyer’s Masterclass, but here we have replaced the feather fibre legs for the more durable rubber legs. Treat the body and legs with floatant, but not the poly-wing, treat this with desiccant powder when it becomes wetted. Fish dead drift to targeted fish; it also works well as a search pattern at Hawthorn time.
£1.95

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Spent Willow Fly / Needle Fly

These small stoneflies are mostly seen in autumn, even as late as the end of October. The female deposits her eggs on the surface and when fully spent dies there. In a big egg laying event a great many will float away, unseen by the angler, but the resident grayling know them well. When these small stone flies are on the wing in soft autumn afternoon sunshine, watch for rising fish close to the bank, or in quiet bays and eddies, they’re likely sipping in these spent stones. Treat the entire fly with floatant.
Spent Willow Fly
£1.95

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Spent Needle Fly
£1.95

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