This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Mayfly Cripple.
The Mayfly Cripple is another fly pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT.
I found this fly pattern in Fly Patterns of Yellowstone – Volume 2 (2008) by Craig Mathews and John Juracek several years ago.
Rowen Nyman created the Mayfly Cripple in the spring of 1997. He fished it on the Henry’s Fork, Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Madison rivers to imitate Baetis mayflies. The wing used dun poly or Zelon, but Nyman also tried black wings to help with visibility. It’s amazing how easily you can see a black wing. At times, it just seems to shine because of the contrast with the water.
I really believe in cripple fly patterns. Fish are lazy and know cripples can’t fly off, so they become easy prey.
Better get to the vise and tie a few more…