this forum has been dead for too long so i figured i would ask how much does a polar bear weigh?
enough to break the ice...
ok, now that i'm done being cheesy i'll tackle this a lil more seriously (no pun there)
well, the dog days are upon us, and gone are the great spring hatches. but, the trout are still looking up. it is terrestrial season, and like myself i'm sure you have a good amount of green weenies, hoppers and beetles in your box. still, i am always on the prowl for the pattern i missed, but must try. i recently read an article in the spring edition of southerncultureonthefly.com (if your not checking out this online zine, you are missing out) about the "moth larvae hatch" and it inspired me to dust off the vise and try a fly recipe they had in the article. while i did not have some of the exact materials listed, i improvised a little and came up with someting i am sure will be just as effective. thats the great thing about tying your own flies isn't it?
hook: #6 nymph/streamer 3X long
weight: .020 lead wire
thread: 70 denier utc olive green (i would prefer 140 denier but had none in a usable color)
legs: standard ultra chenille flourescent chartreuse
ribbing: 4# monofilament
stripes: medium round rubber legs yellow
body: medium ultra chenille flourescent charteuse
wrap the wire in so it can't move and bring the thread to the front
tie in the legs from front to back. i use 3 sets but you can do however many you like
tie in the mono
tie in the stripes
tie in the ultra chenille and wrap forward
fold the stripes to the front. note: leave them somewhat loose. if you pull the rubber tight it can slip out after trimming, and makes it harder to adjust them when your finished
wrap the mono forward. i do not use closely spaced wraps, about 7-8 is all. trim the mono and stripes, whip finish, singe the legs with a lighter being careful not to also singe the body. apply head cement. i then remove it from the vise so i can use my bodkin to adjust the stripes into a straight line and space them evenly across the back
the finished product