I just Watched the ‘Mayfly Madness’ DVD last night (Johan Klingberg and Ulf Borjesson) and I seem to have caught a bit of it myself! After seeing all the huge trout they caught and the tying demonstration I decided to tie up a few myself. I can’t wait to have a go. I bought a few flies as well so I’ve got lots of choice now I’ve just got to find the right place to try them out !
Update 11/6/2013 :
I spent the best part of Monday, 3rd June on the River Aire at Gargrave. Mayflies were emerging in reasonable numbers most of the way down the beat. I met another angler who had caught a 3 1/2 pound trout a mile or two further downstream, although the conditions were far from ideal, the water wasn’t moving much and zero cloud cover. I mostly fished Ulf Borjessons CDC Mayfly pattern and managed a nice trout although it wasn’t quite the bonanza I had hoped for, the trout were ignoring the Mayflies and sunning themselves in the shallows.
I took a sample Mayfly (Ephemera Vulgata) and have it preserved in a vial, looking at the natural I think most of the Mayfly patterns are too small, I think a detached body or a #8 long shank would do the natural more justice.