What's Jim Tying - Sulphur Emerger

Posted on 26 May 2022

Jim recently retired after 23 years of service in the US Army. He's the father of an awesome 6 year old son. Jim's is an avid fly fisher and fly tier. He loves all things related to two-handed rods and spey casting. His happy place would be stepping down through a run swinging flies for Steelhead, Coho, and Brown Trout in the Salmon River.


Sulphur Emerger

It's that time of the year again...the Sulphur hatch!  Definitely my favorite time of the year.  Wet wading, and fishing until the sun goes down waiting for these bugs to pop.  This month I'm tying my version of a Sulphur Emerger.   Once I start seeing bugs on the water I immediately tie this fly on.  I feel like regardless of what stage the hatch is occurring, I have a ton of confidence fishing this pattern.  The eats can be aggressive and exciting!

I'm tying once again on the Renzetti Cam Traveler 2000 and using the Loon Complete Fly Tying Tool Kit.  This kit seriously has every tool you would need to tie any pattern.

Materials Needed:

Hook: Gamakatsu C12U #14

Thread: Veevus 14/0 Dun

Trailing Shuck: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Brown

Body: Semperfli Micro Glint Tinsel Brown

Thorax:  Semperfli Kapok Dubbing Sulphurea

Wing: EP Trigger Point Fibers Pale Morning Dun


Step 1

Start your tying thread about one hook eye in length behind the eye.  You can easily crowd the head on this fly.

Step 2

Tie in your Trailing Shuck with the sparkle emerger yarn.  A small pinch about the hook shank in length should do.

Step 3

Move your thread back to where it is in the picture above.  Cut some EP Trigger Point Fibers about one inch long and the width of a pencil.  Tie in the fibers with the tips pointed forward, stop your thread just in front of the hook point.  Cut the fibers at an angle and cover those ends with thread.  This will help create the taper for the thorax.

Step 4

From where you stopped your thread, tie in the Semperfli Micro Glint Nymph Tinsel.  Move your thread forward to where the taper begins.  Wrap the tinsel forward and secure.

Step 5

Create a thin dubbing noodle using the Semperfli Kapok dubbing and wrap forward cover the tapered thorax.  At this point you may need to create another noodle and continue wrapping in front of the trigger point fibers.  It is important to note that the fibers should still remain pointed forward and not straight up.

Step 6

Create a small head and whip finish the fly.  Trim the Trigger Point Fibers to about the length of the body and thorax.

What I really love about this fly is that it is super versatile depending on how you set the wing.  Tie the wing back and change the angle of the dangle.  Tie the wing up comparadun style, or split the wing for a spinner.  For even more floatability tie this parachute style!  The combination of Kapok dubbing and Trigger Point Fibers will float this fly all day long. 

The fly above has been floating in the cup going on 3 days now!  Pretty cool. Trigger point fibers do not absorb water.  If the current starts to pull it down I give it a quick false cast and the fibers will shed any water on the fly.  I love to target rising fish with this fly by casting a quarter down stream.  The drift is shorter but it removes the need to mend and puts the fly first.  Even if it does get pulled down I like to let it swing below me where it will eventually come to the surface again.  I get a lot of eats this way.


Thanks to everyone who has been following the blog the last few months.  I'll be taking a break over the summer and we will be featuring some of the other TCO team's fly patterns.  I'll be back at the end of the summer to get everyone's boxes ready for Steelhead season.


Email: Jim@tcoflyfishing.com


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  • Richard Shara: May 29, 2022

    Hey thanks for the fly, it will come in handy

  • Bob Garman: May 29, 2022

    Thanks for sharing your sulphur emerger pattern. I will definitely give it a try!

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