Very nice Byron. Not a fly we have here so I couldn't comment on appropriateness. One thing I do in trailing shucks may be of interest. Before tying in I often knot them toward what will be the end of the shuck. Then after tying it in pull one or two fibres in front of the tie in point to make it spread out a little. The nymphal shuck that the fly is trying to discard is fairly solid, so I use this to imitate that.
That would look great with a CDC wing also
Byron, I tie a similar pattern with a biot abdomen and it killed it on the Ranch this past summer during the flav emergence, so I think you have a winner there.
"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
Roderick Haig-Brown, "Fisherman's Spring"
I had great success with flavs on the Ranch and at the "logjam" just above the Ranch on an appropriately dressed sparkle dun. I think you got there after I had already left. The Flavs were slowing down a little when I left on July 10th?
I have toyed with the idea of singing the end of the shuck. But, when I think about the two guys who came up with the idea of using shucks on the regular comparadun, they did so because the individual fibers caught the light and produced a "sparkle" limiter to the shine on the shucks of insects.
I am sort of torn between the "closed end" shuck and the shuck as tied by Craig Mathews and Jon Juracek. So, I end up in their camp as I have been very successful with sparkle dun style patterns.
with a slightly singed shuck end.
Last edited by Byron haugh; 11-14-2013 at 05:42 PM.