Sulphur Magic on the Little Juniata

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Chris and Mike found their maiden voyage to the Little Juniata most pleasurable; in other words it was a total blast. PT’s worked through mid-day and the Sulphur’s did their typical delay until the last bit of light to finally emerge and give up a few nice ones for the gents.
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There’s a lot of hype regarding Euro nymphing techniques these days. George Daniel recently completed a great book , Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World, about this topic which he covers all aspects of the game. In the larger pools we relied on the tried-and-true “suspender” rig resulting in some really great brown trout to hand. Eric Stroup knows the Little Juniata like the back of his hand so it’s always nice when I can show a couple sports the same high quality experience; less the crowds.

Sulphur mayflies Ephemerella.invaria, Ephemerella.rotunda, and Ephemerella.dorthea, in Pennsylvania you can expect to find them anytime from late April to late June depending on the region.
One of my go-to patterns is a semi-floating nymph with a plump wing case; it’s a champ during the hatch:
Hook: Dohiku 302
Thread: Dark Brown
Tail: Hungarian Partridge
Rib: Very Fine Dark Copper Wire
Body: Pheasant Tail
Wing Case: Black Foam 1/8”
Thorax: SLF Brown/Far and Fine Brown mixture
Legs: Hungarian Partridge

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Exploder:
Hook: Dohiku 302
Thread: Dark Brown
Tail: Hungarian Partridge
Rib: Very Fine Dark Copper Wire
Body: Pheasant Tail
Wing Case: Black Foam 1/8” (with a gap between the thorax and foam)
Thorax: Far and Fine Creamy Yellow
Legs: Hungarian Partridge

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Other Great Flies:
Craig Matthew’s Sparkle Dun
Eric Stroup’s Parachute spinner