The Rats Nest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

***New Tying Video, The Acid Wash Olive***


The Acid Wash Olive.
Some time ago, you might recall the PMD nymph pattern that I showcased on the video channel.  The fly itself was designed using a rather interesting material called Acetate Floss, a nice floss alternative manufactured by Danville.  What separates this material from other flosses is how it is used and the appearance it has once tied into a fly.  This particular floss with the addition of Acetone, leads to a very uniform fused body that changes color and gives off an appearance of a rather wet or lacquered finish without using head cements or glues.   The floss itself is most notably used in the construction of winged wets, streamers and classic salmon flies, but because of these attributes, I figured it would be a ringer for smaller nymphs as well and my suspicions were spot on once I started to incorporate it into some of my patterns.

Notice The Exaggerated Wing buds, The Trigger In The Fly By All Means
When I began tinkering with this wonderful product, I mentioned that I had a version that represented the smaller BWO nymphs, or any smaller mayfly nymph for that matter.  Well, it only took me a few years later to put this one out there, hope you like it and give it a try.  Baetis  are fairly active across the northeast as I type this, so what better way to fish for them than with something a shade different from the norm.  As is the case with many of the nymphs I tie and fish, minor adjustments in color and size can be achieved through experimentation with thread colors, beads and ribs.  Have fun with it and spin a few up for your boxes, you won't be sorry that you did.  Watch the Acid Wash Olive HERE.
Here's The Materials For The Recipe

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Where Things Are These Days

February came and went with little chatter on my part.  If you've been following the Instagram account and Facebook you've caught on to why.  Production mode is in full tilt here in whenever I have a free minute outside my other obligations.  I literally have Regals in three locations in my house right now, two of which are not my basement fly tying shop.  I guess you could say that I maximize my free time to be super efficient.







If you haven't seen whats up or you aren't a social media follower (don't blame you), I've essentially turned into a troll tying bugs in mass quantity.  I have worked out a solid partnership with the folks at Upcountry Services, and I am tying a good compliment of my bugs for them to sell.  It made the most sense seeing as how this is my home shop, and a majority of my clientele fish the area.  If you frequent the store, expect to see a steady stream of stuff filtering into their fly bins, hopefully if the plan goes well, right in time for some of the more notable hatches. 

If you are looking for streamers only, don't worry, I will be doing some streamers for them as well, but more or less stuff that is geared for everyone and not just the guy looking to throw the biggest bugs.  More on that in the future, but for now I gotta run back and get things rolling.  Oh, and stay tuned for some dates for my streamer tactics class, we are working that out as I type this.  Have fun out there, looks like we might be above freezing this week. 

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