Video: How to Tie the Acid Wash Olive Nymph

[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.
          Tools: Bodkin.

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