Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time To Tie The Hot Spot!!
I've had lots of requests for this fly which is one of my standards for the Swift. It is unbelievably easy to tie and works best in sizes 18 through 24. Here it is:
Hook - dry fly 18 to 24
Body - The first section is tied with brown or olive dubbing. The middle band is made of white or pale yellow dubbing. The final section is a repeat of the first section. Note: the middle section is the smallest section, nothing more than a band of contrasting color. Another note: This is a SLIM fly. I've seen some that were way too fat. Avoid that mistake.
I use synthetic fine dubbing for all of it. Natural dubbing gets too ragged after a few fish and reduces its effectiveness. It also makes the fly fat.
I saw on an other website (TU) a knockoff of this fly. It had wire ribbing and what appeared to be a lacquered body with a day glow band in the middle. It looked like it should be a component on a circuit board. TOO much stuff. Keep it simple.
It seems (my feeling) that the Hot Spot works best as it gets smaller. It has worked from the Bubbler Arm through the Pipe. It works all year.
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 11:50 AM