Fly Tying Patterns: Heather Fly - Ian Ruff

Ace of Spades - Fly Tying Pattern

The Heather Fly (Bibio Pomonae) is a terrestrial insect often seen hovering in great clouds 1-3 ft above Heather moorland, between July and early September.

It has a resemblance to the Hawthorn fly (Bibio Marci), but is distinctive by its ruby red upper thighs on gangly legs. After mating, many of those close to the (typically acid) water are blown onto the surface.

*The Deer Hair tail is wrapped in Acetate Floss and then dipped into Acetone. This will make it smooth and shiny - just like the real insect. The loose ends of the Deer Hair are tied forward as a Thorax Cover.

Heather Fly - Photo courtesy of Steve Waterhouse - http://www.flickr.com/photos/spw6156-steve_waterhouse/

© Photo courtesy of Steve Waterhouse