I have used this pattern for still water salmon with more than my fair share of success. At Hazelcopse fishery the salmon are regularly taken on dry flies throughout the year. In the Spring mayfly patterns like the yellow mayfly Woulff can be particularly deadly. They tend to rise best for the pattern towards evening or when there is a good hatch of flies. It is certainly a remarkable sight to see the salmon taking dry flies off the surface. You often see fish well over thirty pounds rising for flies on this venue. Some of the best catches of salmon have been taken on mayfly patterns.
Fished static on the surface the yellow mayfly Woulff appears deadly for rainbows. There have been days when I have not seen any sign of surface activity yet a yellow mayfly Woulff left on the surface has produced a positive take to save the day.
Fished just below the surface using a slow retrieve often produces some surprisingly good results. I use them as an alternative to a sunken daddy long legs.
I once used the fly on a Southern stream during duffers fortnight to easily catch my limit. However the remarkable fish of the day was a bream that came out of a weed bed in front of the trout that I was covering to take my fly. Coarse fish are very rare on this section and I have never heard of another bream being caught. As I returned this rare fish I was surprised how quickly it disappeared behind a weed bed
Materials for Yellow Mayfly Woulff
Hook: Sprite long shank size 10 or 12
Thread: Unwaxed professional brown
Tail/wing Squirrel tail dyed yellow
Body: Veniards seals fur substitute a mixture of 7596 white/25% yellow
Ribbing: Brown thread Hackle: Dyed yellow grizzle
Tying the Yellow Mayfly Woulff
Step 1: Catch in tying thread 3mm back from the eye of the hook and
wind down to the bend.
Step 2: Catch in about 10 squirrel tail fibres and wind back towards
the eye stopping about 5mm from the eye.
Step 3: Tie in a bunch of squirrel hair for the wing. Divide hair in two
with tying thread using a figure of eight motion.
Step 4: Attach ribbing and dub on seals fur on tying thread. Wind this
back towards eye stop just in front of wing.
Step 5: Take thread back behind wing and tie in hackle take two turns
behind and two in front. Tie off.
Lee Kitchen can be contacted for all your fly tying requirements at; Caraway Cottage 11 Midgham Green Midgham Reading Berkshire RG7 5TT Phone 01189 713962