Bastian’s Floating Sulphur Emerger – Part II

After today’s post on my Floating Caddis-Mayfly Emerger I received two requests for tying steps to make this fly. So reblogging this original post; here they are, from my article dated May of 2013. Lots of fishing pics, info on the day, tactical stuff, etc. Note to interested tiers: Both the Orvis version with the wound hackle collar, and the version with side-lashed legs are here. See the notes on that below the Hi-Vis Emerger.

Don Bastian Wet Flies

This article is Part II of the Floating Sulphur Emerger pattern. This season on Spring Creek, using my Floating Caddis – “Sulphur” Emerger, I decided to try something new and different; that is; fishing with two dry flies at the same time, in a tandem dry fly rig. I had done that successfully out west in 2006 on the Madison, using my Floating Caddis Emerger trailed on 5x tippet behind a #10 Grizzly Wulff as an indicator fly. I did this so I could see the Emerger on the broken water, plus to provide better visibility and improved tracking of the smaller, flush-floating emerger at distances of forty to fifty-five feet that I was occasionally casting.

On Spring Creek this season, this is the data and fishing report from four trips made on the following dates: May 10th, 17th, 24th, and 30th. Each time I fished there I used two…

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One comment on “Bastian’s Floating Sulphur Emerger – Part II

  1. Justin M. Brown says:

    Nice wet fly ties bud!
    I just moved from Maine, to Wyoming, and opted to tie a box of wet flies and soft-hackles. I started the box off with some #14 Lt. Cahils, Quill Gordons, and Pheasent Tail wets, also to be tied in #16 as well. I’ll likely toss in some Hares-ear wets to round off the first batch of classic basic patterns for the box.
    In my quest to search out other wet-fly patterns, I crossed paths with your website, and had to stop and admire your attention to detail with your classical style of executing those wet-fly ties, admirable work.
    Ill be hitting the Platte river again this weekend (it’ll likely be as crowded as a busy day on the Rapid River, in Maine).
    My assumption in hitting the Platte again, was that there’d be very few, if any, other anglers fishing classic wet flies as an option for educated fish that see lots of bead heads and flash nowadays.
    If you have any patterns that you like to recomend, or are willing to share, id love to hear about them! Ive tied maybe 2 dozen flies for the new box today,.and have plenty of room for a few new ideas.
    If you are indeed going to the Rapid River (a favorite place of mine), don’t forget to bring some pheasent tail nymphs tied with a black (or gun-metal) bead head, and if you’re at all familiar with the Kenny Abrames fly tying style (Flatwing streamers), modify a cpl of your favorite Carrie Steavens patterns to fit that flatwing tying style (like a black ghost, or Col. Bates), and plug a chuncky landlock for me!! I landed a nice 4lb landlock doing just that at sunrise, and lost an even larger brookie in the fast water, swinging, between the damn and the popular water most guys hit. That fast water section gets overlooked by most guys fishing there.
    Best of luck!!

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