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Model: EF-3506-10Bar Code: 5052925562779Brand: The Essential Fly
Capable of imitating most flies, this is an incredibly adaptable fly, and a worthy addition to all fly boxes.
Be sure that you keep your old, chewed up and otherwise seemingly un-recognisable Double badgers; you'll want to use them when you come across a Caenis blizzardas, as they nicely imitate multiple flies tangled together.
As the name indicates dry flies which include Double Badger are designed to float on the surface of the water. Trout dry flies types which include Double Badger imitate a wide variety of flies and insects which inhabit the surface of the water. There is nothing like using dry flies and watching trout and grayling rise to the surface. To purists dry fly fishing is the true art-form of fly fishing, indeed some rivers only permit dry fly fishing. There are some dry flies (e.g. the Popper, Muddlers) which are designed to attract fish by the action of creating a surface disturbance. The flies are made from very bouyant materials (e.g, cork, ethafoam or deer hair, the latter having a generous application of floatant). A Muddler retrieved upwind of a rise can often result in a bulge in the water as the fish follows the fly.
A dry fly like the Double Badger has floatant (Gink is the most popular) warmed in your hand and gently rubbed into the hackles to help the Double Badger float and they are usually cast singly on a trout tapered leader. A floating line is used, but with the tapered leader de-greased so that it does not glint and flash light spooking the trout
The Double Badger can be used as a Dapping Fly. In Ireland, it is common to see the locals using a dapping technique on the loughs. They usually use a long rod, often as long as 17ft, a large fly reel (or alternatively a beautifully smooth-running Centrepin reel) containing strong nylon spinning line attached to about 5 yards of 'floss line'. The floss line is joined to a level leader of about 4 feet, with a hook about size 10 on to which a couple of mayflies or a Double Badger have been caught at the thorax. The floss line billows out in front of the boat, and the rod is held so that the mayfly or Double Badger skip enticingly across the surface of the water, as the breeze fluctuates. This seems to be an irresistible attraction to the trout, the odd salmon has been known to be can be caught with this method.
With this method live mayfly are used to dap on the surface!. Howewer we use mayfly and later in the season cranefly imitations. Alterbative in place of the natural fly, sometimes a very bushy tied fly is substituted - often of two contrasting colours (bi-visible) to assist the angler in identifying the position of the fly. The Double Badger is great fun when used for dapping
Well tied and effective when the trout are keyed in on small dries / caenis
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The only place I could find that offered the Double Badger. The service was first class, the tying excellent and the price extremely competitive for this quality of fly tying.
Flies received !Very happy with the quality look forward to giving them an outing on the Derbyshire Wye and the free flies are very welcome.Thanks very much for a top notch service,will be sure to sing your praises on the fly fishing forum.Paul.