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How to tie a Compara-Emerger
By Al Caucci

Big wild trout love eating bugs that can't fly away as they approach. More and more of our fishing is done with emergers as trout frequently prefer this more vulnerable stage of the hatch to the actual duns. My emerger pattern also doubles as a cripple or stillborn and can be used successfully during and after the hatch. Give them a try and I'm sure you'll be impressed.

1. Wrap hook shank with tying silk as indicated, then wind in a medium bunch of z-lon to create a shuck.

2. Wind a tapered dubbed body as indicated. Note: make sure dubbing is sparse and body silhouette is slender. The most common mistake in dubbing is to make the body too thick.

3. Attach deerhair with fiber points facing the rear, wind fibers tightly till secured, then wrap 6 to 8 loose turns to the rear. This lowers the angle of the splayed, upright hairs to approx. 45. Then grab the loose butt ends with your fingers, push them back, and bring thread forward, to the front and wrap several tight turns into base of deerhair fibers.

4. With scissors, cut butt ends off at a 45 angle. These butt ends will be splayed in wide directions so it will be necessary to hold them together with your thumb and forefinger.

5. A finished deerhair Compara-emerger. Note: for a lower silhouette in the water, cut off tails. This works especially well when the trout are taking the emergers just a few inches under the surface film.

Compara-Emerger Dressings
Baetis (Baetis vagans)
Thread: olive
Shuck: dark brown z-lon (sparse)
Body: 10y 3r 4b* medium olive
Wings: medium gray deerhair

Blue Quill (Paraleptophlebia. adoptiva)
Thread: brown
Shuck: dark brown z-lon (sparse)
Body: 10y 6r 6b* dark brown
Wings: medium gray deerhair

Quill Gordon (Epeorus pleuralis)
Thread: eggshell
Tails: dark brown z-lon (sparse)
Body: 4y .5r .5b* cream dubbing
Wings: medium gray deerhair

Light Hendrickson (Ephemerella subvaria)
Thread: Eggshell
Shuck: dark brown z-lon (sparse)
Body: 10y 6r 4b* reddish brown dubbing
Wings: medium gray deerhair

Dark Hendrickson (Ephemerella x)
Thread: brown
Shuck: dark brown z-lon (sparse)
Body: 10y 6r 6b* dark brown dubbing
Wings: dark gray deerhair

*Caucci/Nastasi spectrumized fur number.
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