[Editor’s Note: Since Rich Strolis was our Trout Bum of the Week, I figured it was worth featuring more of his great patterns.]
Here’s another great nymph pattern from the mind of Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis , and this one makes use of Acetate Floss, which is a material we have not featured before. When you treat the floss with acetone, it melts a bit and hardens, creating brilliant color. The results are quite attractive. In this video, Rich demonstrates how to attach and treat the Acetone Floss, and he uses a darker thread underneath for a cool effect. His creation of the wingbuds is also fascinating. And don’t forget the half-hitches!
Acid Wash Olive Nymph
Hook: Standard wet-fly hook (here, Partridge Sproat Wet), sizes 14-18.
Bead: Gold tungsten, 2.4mm.
Thread: Olive, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Tail: Light Pardo Coq de Leon.
Body: Light-olive Acetate Floss.
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, X-SM.
Adhesive #1: Acetone.
Wingcase: Black Flash Back.
Thorax/Legs: Olive-Black Hare’s Ear dubbing.
Adhesive #2: UV cure.