East Coast Hatch Master Fly Tying With Lenny Gliwa

In this new video series, I hope to teach you about the major hatches of the Eastern United States and how to select flies to best represent those bugs. The thinking with these videos is that I wanted to not only show tiers how to imitate these insects, but also to teach every angler about my thinking in approaching each hatch and how bug behavior can impact fish behavior. After working for TCO for over a decade now, I have seen what troubles most anglers in selecting flies for a given hatch and my hope is that these videos will provide some insight into my process and hopefully provide some new information to help you be more successful on the water. 

Lenny Gliwa
TCO Haverford Store Manager

Blue Wing Olive Series

Cinnamon Toast Nymph

Kevin Compton is a well known fly tier who has consistently created flies that are both beautiful and functional. A perfect example of this would be his Cinnamon Toast nymph. I was introduced to this fly a number of years ago and it has definitely earned a place in my boxes. While I usually fish this fly heavily during our early Blue Winged Olive hatches here in the Mid-Atlantic, this fly has been a consistent year round producer for me as a generic mayfly imitation as well. It can be tied in a range of sizes, but I usually fish them from size 14 down to size 18. The original was tied on a traditional barbless nymph hook like an Umpqua C200, but I usually fish this pattern on a jig hook like the Umpqua C400 or the Orvis Tactical Jig. This slender bodied mayfly nymph has been a killer for me and I think it will be a great addition to your boxes as well. 

   Materials List

Hook: TCO-403BL Jig Hook sz. 16
Bead: Slotted Tungsten 7/64” 2.8mm Copper
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 Brown Olive
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium Pardo
Body: Turkey Biot Quills
Rib: Small Copper Wire
Dubbing: Ice Dub Pheasant Tail

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 CDC Burke Emerger

Emerger patterns come in many styles, but one of my favorite and most consistent producers has always been the CDC Burke Emerger. This simple dry fly pattern has accounted for some of the largest dry fly caught wild trout I have ever seen. I was first introduced to this style of flies by my former boss, Paul Weamer. Weamer is, in my opinion, one of the foremost authorities on technical dry fly fishing for selective trout and is arguably the best fishing entomologist in the country. The Burke emerger is a platform that I manipulate to cover a wide variety of insects. Tie it in a size 14 with a pinkish body, and you have a fantastic male Hendrickson emerger. Tie it in a size 18 with a yellow body, and you now have your Little Sulphur emerger covered. The versatility is truly amazing. 

When it comes to dry fly emerger patterns, I believe one of the most overlooked issues is having a variety of profiles for the fish to look at. For instance, let’s think about two different size 16 Blue Winged Olive emergers. A curved shank pattern with the wing tied back like a Burke Emerger is drastically different than say a size 16 “Pop” emerger, tied on the same curved hook, but with a forward facing wing tied over the eye of the fly. While these are both size 16 BWO emergers, how they sit in the water and what the trout sees varies greatly between these two seemingly very similar patterns. This type of information can be absolutely invaluable when you are faced with selective trout and challenging fishing. Take a good look at your dry fly box and make sure that you not only have a variety of sizes for each major hatch you’ll encounter throughout the year, but also a variety of profiles within each size. You’ll catch more fish and you’ll have a better shot at catching those super picky fish you might have deemed uncatchable in the past.


Materials List

Hook: TMC 2488 sz. 16
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 Brown
Shuck: Mayfly Brown Z-Lon
Dubbing: Olive Brown Super Fine
Wing 1: BWO EP Trigger Point Fiber
Wing 2: Natural Dun CDC

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