This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Timberline Emerger TBT.
The Timberline Emerger is one of Randall Kaufmann’s flies I read about and tied many years ago. It’s another great pattern from his Tying Nymphs book, published in 1994. Kaufmann’s book was one of the first color fly tying books I ever owned, along with it’s companion Tying Dry Flies. I still use both these books as resources.
The Timberline Emerger was designed to imitate emerging midges and mayflies. Change the body color to tan and olive to imitate a variety of insects.
I fished this fly with Randall years ago at Grindstone when Kaufmann’s Streamborn was still in business and guiding those lakes. It’s still a great still-water option before a Callibaetis hatch. For some reason Randall had his best success with a fast retrieve. A mystery since Callibaetis nymphs are slow swimmers.