A.P. Emerger

April, 2016

A.P. Emerger by Bill Kindler

	                          Fly Pattern: A.P. Emerger

            Tyer's Name: Bill Kindler
            Date: April 4, 2016

    Fly Originator and History: Developed in the 1990's by Denny Rickards, of Fort  
    Klamath, Oregon. It is a generic pattern that represents emerging mayflies or damsel
    flies depending upon the coloration and size used. He has also found success with 
    this pattern on streams with emerging caddis and other mayflies
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line, tapered leader, with a fine tippet.
    Suggested retrieve:  Very slow retrieve with your rod tip in the water.
    Depth: Just below the surface.
    Comments: Denny Rickards suggests tying the A.P. Emerger in gray, black, or olive. 
    Bill's preference is gray.

                                Fly Material
    Hook: #14 2XL nymph hook (TMC 5262 or equivalent).
    Thread: 6/0 tan or gray Uni
    Tail:  Wood duck or mallard flank
    Rib: Fine gold wire
    Body: Hares ear dubbing. 
    Wing case: Pheasant tail
    Thorax: Peacock herl
    Hackle: Partridge.

                                Tying Steps

    1. Tie in a thread base from the eye to the bend (just above the barb). Then run 
    the thread to the mid-point of the shank.

    2. Tail. The tail should extend about a half-shank's length beyond the end of the hook. 
    Tie in the tail from the mid-point to the bend.

    3. Rib. Tie in the rib along the bottom of the shank from the mid-point to the bend.

    4. Body. Form a dubbing loop and add a small amount of hares ear dubbing. Twist the 
    loop forming a compact rope. Wrap forward from the bend to the mid-point. Tie off the 
    dubbing loop and remove the excess material.

    5. Counter-wrap the gold wire forward to the mid-point (about 5 or 6 evenly spaced wraps). 
    Secure the wire and cut off the excess material.

    6. Wing case. Select a few pheasant tail fibers and the them in on top of the shank at 
    the mid-point (just in front of the hares ear body).

    7. Thorax. When tying in the thorax, do so such that the shorter fibers of the 
    herl will be wrapped against the shank, and the longer fibers will be flaring forward. 
    Select a peacock herl and tie it in. Wrap forward (about 10 turns), leaving room 
    for the hackle and head. Tie down the herl, and trim off the excess material.

    8. Fold the wing case forward over the top of  the thorax. Tie down the wing case 
    and cut off the excess material. 

    9. Hackle. Select a well marked partridge feather with barbs that are about a 
    shank's length. The hackle will be tied in by the tip. In order to keep the hackle 
    sparse, strip off the barbs on the side of the feather that will be wrapped. 

    10. Tie in the partridge feather in front of the thorax and give it about 3 wraps. 
    Strip off any remaining barbs and wrap the shaft of the feather a few times to secure it. 
    Tie down the hackle and cut off the excess.

    11. Form a small head, whip finish, and apply head cement.

	            Rick Shadforth  07/04/16