All of the mayfly patterns Walter uses both for his own fishing and while guiding have at least two of the following three features:
- They suggest “impaired” insects, rather than healthy ones about to fly away.
- They use slender, segmented bodies with a faint glossy sheen.
- They use hydrophobic poly yarn for the wings.
The purple Hazy Cripple above uses all three of the above features.
Read Walter’s full article on this subject over at his website.