Shop Vac Fly
I was introduced to the Shop Vac fly a few years back and it has since become one of my staples. A unique fly that is part emerged and part nymph it is an excellent trout fly in a number of situations. It was originally designed for use out west in the Yellowstone area as a Mayfly imitator but I have found it works well and is generic enough, similar to Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails, to work in a multitude of locals. I oversize the bead for the size hook and use tungsten as I want this fly to get down fast near the bottom, after its drift I let it swing and rise to the surface and give it a brief pause at the end, thus fulfilling the role of both a nymph and an emerger utilizing the antron. Simple to tie and effective, I really think you guys will find a lot of utility from this pattern. I fish this pattern in hook sizes ranging from 14-10.
Hook: Size 14 Emerger/Scud
Bead: Tungsten Gold 1/8"
Body: Pheasant Tail, Antron Yarn, and Peacock Herl
Ribbing: Green Ultra Wire
Add bead & put base layer of thread on hook covering just over 50% of the bend.
Tie in Green Ultra Wire (I prefer to use a more chartreuse green in my flies).
Tie in 5-6 strands of Pheasant Tail.
Palmer Pheasant Tail forward, tie off and cut.
Palmer ultra wire forward leaving a slight space in between wraps. Wrap in a counterclockwise direction from your Pheasant Tail.
Cut piece of Antron Yarn. Tie in at middle of yarn segment.
Tie in four stand of Peacock Herl behind back Antron strand. Following this advance thread to just behind the bead.
Proceed to wrap Peacock three times around back of Antron yarn then continue three more wraps in front of yarn. Tie off and cut. Placing the Peacock both in front and behind the Antron will help stabilize the post.
Trim Antron to 1/2 length of hook. Finished.