Please note the name is Scoff Law (two words) not Scofflaw.
I make this distinction because I’m looking to offer my “Law” on this one. ?
I know it’s metallic and purple to boot. It’s tied on a 3xl curved shank hook (hate these). It’s overly simple and just looks ridiculous.
Here’s the “Law”.
“Just try it before you scoff at it.”
If your fishing midges and nothing more imitative seems to be working, dig this one out and give it a whirl.
Tied on 20’s and 18’s.
I didn’t believe it either when I first saw it suggested in “Midge Magic” by Holbrook and Koch. I had to go fishless for hours (switching from one previously successful midge pattern to another) before I got desperate and tied it on.
Really complicated pattern though. Just purple Mylar flash and black thread. Hey, what can I say? Sometimes I’m none too clever.
You all must know by now that there’s nothing I like more than a joke on myself. Just trying to be humorous about the text in this post. Do read the last sentence of the original post please. Now, remove the word sometimes. Should read “I’m none too clever”. Much more accurate statement. LOL LOL LOL
Thanks @Scarpino and @Chris_Williams .
It’s an interesting pattern that can be a trip saver. I much prefer using patterns that have been more consistent for me when midge fishing. Anything that represents a black fly larva is my usual first choice. While not technically a midge, the black fly larva is wide spread and usually gets my initial nod. These little purple guys are pretty far down on my list with regard to “go to” flies. Still, they are easy to tie and worth the time to tie and the space in your box.
Christopher, may I also suggest some Black Diamond midges in various sizes for the Smokys. Take some Zebra midges along too. I like to substitute in a strand of pearl crystal flash for the silver rib on the usual zebra pattern.
Good luck guys.
Chris, just wanted to ask what your fly choice(s) for the Smoky Mts trip will be? I know lots of folks who make pilgrimages to the region. I tie flies for them based on their success rates. If you are still thinking about patterns for the area, maybe I can get you some suggestions.
BTW, you probably know I’m an ant fan(atic). Goes without saying I’d carry a dozen or so dry ants (best ant pattern ever for me has been a foam-body ant styled after the McMurray ant). I’d carry some wet ants too. Hope I’m not being intrusive with all this. Just wishing you very tight lines.
Last word, I promise. I’ve had a number of folks think I’m some sort of wizard when it comes to fishing the Smoky Mts. I’m not, but one killer combo for the area that gave me the reputation really works just about everywhere. Here it is:
Yellow foam Humpy followed by a McMurray ant, followed by wet version McMurray. Three fly combo, 12” of tippet between Humpy and dry ant, 18-24” tippet to wet ant. Again, tight lines!
Thank you @trublubug - This will be my first foray to the Smokys this time of year. I usually make my trips mid to late May. From what I understand, terrestrials are the go to patterns (hoppers, ants, beetles & inchworms) for September and will make up the majority of my dry selection along with some caddis, stimulators and yellow sally patterns. For nymphs, I plan to just cover the gamut and thought your small flashy midge would fit in nicely. The on challenge to all of this will be flow rates. They had a surprisingly wet August in eastern TN and the gauges I’ve been checking are running near 3x historic levels.
Sounds like you have the plan well in hand Chris. Terrestrials seem the logical choice by way of dry flies this time of year. Don’t forget that black fly larvae suggestion if you get refusals on larger subsurface flies.
Do you know if the water is just high or is it off-color too?
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