KG's IMPROVED SHOP-VAC
This is my version of the Shop-Vac fly developed by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. I always liked the fly, but I like to fiddle with things and this is the result of my experimentation. All that has really changed from the original is using chartreuse wire instead of gold for the ribbing and adding peacock herl as an abdomen. This fly is an all-purpose attractor nymph and represents a variety of aquatic insects while really imitating nothing in particular. Most successful in tail-water fisheries, yet has proven effective in numerous freestone rivers and streams. This is the fly I start the day with or the fly of choice when things are tough.
- Hook: Size #14 DaiRiki 125
- Thread: Size 8 Uni, Black
- Bead: Size 3/32, Gold
- Weight: Optional - Lead-free Round Wire,
Size .015 – two wraps
- Abdomen: Natural Pheasant tail – 4 fibers
- Rib: Size Small, UTC Ultra Wire, Chartreuse
- Thorax: 2-3 strands of natural Peacock herl
formed into brush
- Wing: SAAP Float-Vis, white
Slide bead onto hook and secure hook in vise
Take two wraps of lead-free round wire around hook shank, trim. Tuck lead wraps under bead. This is how one ties ‘Poor Man’s Tungsten’.
Attach thread and bind down Pheasant-tail fibers length of body to just after bend in hook.
Tie in wire rib and advance thread to eye of hook.
Wrap Pheasant-tail up hook shank and tie off, trim excess.
Rib abdomen with wire and tie off, trim excess.
Tie in two strands of Peacock herl by trimmed tips – not butts first.
Using thread and hackle pliers form a herl ‘brush’ by spinning counter-clockwise.
Bind down wing material just behind bead, trim excess.
Wrap herl ‘brush’ to form thorax behind and under wing as well as two wraps in front of wing behind bead. Tie off and trim excess herl material.
My name is Kelly Glissmeyer (kglissmeyer); I live in Rigby, Idaho, right in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone area of trout fishing heaven. I have been fishing most of my life and fly fishing for more than 40 years. I have been tying flies for the past 26 years and participate in a variety of tying expos and shows in Idaho, Montana, and Utah and am looking forward to tying this next year in Washington and Colorado. I tie flies, build rods, and spend time on the water in excess of 50 days per year along with maintaining a full-time career and spending time with my wife and two older sons. This is my first submission to FAOL for Fly of the Week and hope it will be the first of many.
Kelly G. Glissmeyer