Fly Tying- Wet and All Purpose

wet and all purpose fly fish food

half-full Clark/Cheech says its a “hybrid of a hybrid” and this half-empty guy says its a “variant of a variant” but !

this isn’t a personality contest, its a friggin’ awesome fly.

why ? the intangible explanation says this thing has fish-magnet written all over it and a maybe more reasonable reason is this pattern kinda looks like several different fish foods and all at the same time and that can only be a good thing for both the angler and the fish.

for us that means we should be able to catch more of our slimy friends in varying situations instead of worrying about fly selection and for the fish, that means they don’t have to divert the attention span of their microscopic brains with any kind of selective choice and it can resume its function to whatever its function is. i digress…

back to the fish-magnet aspect:

with claret thread and rib this would do wonders in Scottish lochs.

with pink thread and rib it would make an awesome seatrout fly in Scandinavia.

with grey/brown/black/transparent/whatevercoloured thread and rib this is bound to do the do wherever you are for a lot of different fish species and that’s spot-on.

as always keep the same design concept by varying those two colour elements and make them big or small to fill your All Purpose needs, you just can’t go wrong. enjoy ! and be sure to go check out what the two WonderBoys are up to regularly. these guys are good and funny. i specially like that last part.

the Swamp Thing

swampthing drawing pretty hard not to be attracted by the name itself, once we get past the idea of some gruesome, gnarly and fetid man-creature we’ll also notice that Hans Weilenmann‘s version is also a groovy shrimp imitation fly. yum !

swamp_thing HWmost of the fly being made with pretty standard materials, the shell back(s) stand out from the crown as it’s made of eel skin. when wet this skin becomes even more translucent and takes on a very realistic appearance. i have several strips but they don’t look as nice and are thicker than the one used in the video so careful selection at purchase seems to be the thing to do to get the desired result. once dried, the skin can be quite rigid and it’s often a good idea to moisten it for a while before starting the tying process. although not exclusive to the species, i can see this fly being a great producer for seatrout.