Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Shaving Brush Emerger

Photos and Text by Steve Chatterton

Hook Size 10-14
Thread Grey
Tail Grey grizzly hackle fibres
Ribbing Fine copper oval tinsel
Body Grey dubbing
Wings Grey deer hair
Thorax Peacock herl

Emergers which resemble a shaving brush became popular a couple of years ago and continue to get support in the fishing press. They are tied to represent a nymph that is trapped in the surface film just at that point of time when it is opening its wings. They are best fished as a covering fly to fish feeding on the surface on emerging nymphs. Whilst the recipe below is for a fly dressed in hare & copper colours you should also tie this fly in charcoal, turkey brown, olive or the colour of any other natural you are seeking to imitate. 

Tying Instructions

1a) Wind the thread in touching turns to the bend of the hook.

b) Tie in a tail of hackle fibres equal in length to about 2/3 of the length of the hook shank.

c) Select a small bunch of deer hair and after stacking, tie it in at the 2/3 point with the tips pointing a distance of about 2/3 of the length of the hook shank over the front of the hook.
2a) Return the thread to the bend of the hook tying in a length of oval tinsel as you go. Tinsel is preferred rather than wire because the extra weight of the wire may sink the fly.

b) Dub on a thin body all the way to the 2/3 point.
3a) Pick up the tinsel and wind it along the body of the fly forming 4 or 5 segments.

b) Tie off the tinsel and trim the loose end.

c) Tie in two peacock herls at the 2/3 point.

4a) Twist the peacock herl around the thread to form a rope.

b) Wind the herl rope equally behind the deer hair wing and in front of the deer hair wing to form the thorax.

c) Tie of the Peacock herl and trim the loose ends.

d) Build up small head of thread, whip finish & varnish. 

d) Repeat this process on the other side of the hook.