Jan's Emerger

Published May 30th 2008

A buzzer floater for windy waters


Two or three years ago I was fishing a reservoir on a boat, and a hatch started. We went for our suspender buzzers and we did allright, but I have always been trying to make something a little different, thinking why do emergers, dries always seem to be tied on straight hooks? I love the B100s and tied this fly.
Simply tied, but well conceived. - Simple in construction, but very alive looking. A great combination.
Simply tied, but well conceived.
Bugs in a box - A box of bugs - fresh from the UK.
Bugs in a box
A low floater. - They float with their thorax in the film and the abdomen below the surface.
A low floater.

I never really got chance to fish it. I tied about five or six and to be honest I forgot about them because it was late winter. Next June I was fishing on a boat with my good friend Peter and remembered I had them. I started fishing them and was soon into a fish and missed one or two, but ended up with six good rainbows.
The fly looks very nice on the water but by using the B100 with the more acute bend it looks like its just emerging and shooting its wings and ready to fly off.

I really do think the shape of the hook curve makes it special, and different. I always try them when there is a buzzer hatch and do well. I love fishing them in the windiest part of the lakes making the wind move the fly - slow figure of eight stop let drift and repeat. I have tied them in olive also and they were cool. Sizes From 10-16.

Dead easy to tie but can be deadly. When you have tied one put it in a clear glass of water and see how the fly sits. Trust me its cool. I have been tying all sorts of dries and suspeder buzzers on these hooks now. They just look better try and see.


Kamasan B100, #10 - #16
Black 6/0
Black Seal's Fur (fine)
Fine Copper Wire
White Cock Hackle Tips
Black Foam
Black Genetic Cock Hackle

Tying Instructions

  1. Start with the black thread. Tie in copper wire stopping 3/4s down the hook bend. Dub some seals fur on the hook stopping just past where the hook goes straight. Rib the copper wire and stop.
  2. Put together two fine cock hackle tips tie in where the dubbing stops.
  3. Cut a piece of foam to match hook size, starting a the eye working back tying the foam down stopping slightly past the cock hackle tips.
  4. Now tie in the black hackle at the side or the foam going forward towards the eye. Give enough room for the foam to be tied in
  5. Gently pull the foam ever the hackle and tie in just short of the eye. After one or two flies you will soon get to know when to judge the distaces with the hackle and the foam, Tie down foam and tie off.
  6. You're probably thinking now my white wings look awfully flat. Just get your thumb and push both tips towards the eye, this will kink the tips and the fly will start to look the part.

User comments
From: wicek · mike262·at·wp.pl  Link
Submitted January 24th 2009

Very nice fly! I love the B100 shape as well and the only hook I betray it with is Varivas 2210.

From: Jan Johansen · jany·at·blueyonder.co.uk  Link
Submitted December 28th 2008

Hi Liam Tying Hackle tips in is very easy, pick two tips out of a cock hackle cape to match size of the fly you want to tie.place one of them on tour knee curve of the hackle facing donwards then place the orther one on top match the tip points together, making sure the second tip curve facing out ie one convex one concave never both the same.Once you have them set together place then on the fly to what length you think is right hold them tight and tie in. Use the same method on Daddies as well have a play. Hope this helps Jan

From: liam plybon  Link
Submitted December 27th 2008

hello. i am a young fly tyer, and i do not know how to tie hackle tip wings. mow do you tie them?

From: Jan Johansen · jany·at·blueyonder.co.uk  Link
Submitted July 2nd 2008

Just a quick hello to anybody that have fished Jans emerger and GP Fly, i would love to know how you are getting on, thanks Jan

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted June 10th 2008


It does sound easy just to put a video on YouTube, but trust me: producuíng something useful in video is a lot of work - even more than taking stills. We do what we can to illustrate these patterns, but if we want to sleep at night and go fishing from time to time, a simple pattern like this will usually have to do with a few stills of the fly and some text.

Remember that we do this unpaid in our spare time...


From: Erik Carlsson  Link
Submitted June 10th 2008

Nice fly! Have been looking for a pattern just like this. Do agree with the previous comment from Bruce, would be nice with more pictures. One simple way would be to film while tying, putting it on youtube or something like that, linking to this page.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted June 5th 2008


We'd love to do step-by-steps for all ur patterns, but it's a lot of work - like in A LOT!
So for the simpler ones you will have to do with the pictures of the finished fly and the description.


From: Bruce Rainbird · bruce.rainbird·at·festo.com  Link
Submitted June 4th 2008

How's about photos with the step by step guide .It''l make tying certain flies a whole lot easier to tie

From: Thomas Schreiber · thomas·at·mayfly.dk  Link
Submitted May 30th 2008

Nice fly and very inspirational. I think I'm gonna tie a dosen or so myself in different colors. BY the way. You might wanna look at typos though in this article ;o)

Comment to an image
From: Robin · rrhyne56·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted June 20th 2008

Good looking fly!
No offense intended at all but I have to wonder if those white wings are even necessary. It appears as though they are not visible to an underwater view. Nonetheless I plan on fishing them for bluegill here locally.

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