This little tidbit has been a great anchor fly.
Hook: 2488H #16
Bead: 7/64 Black Tungsten, throw them in the dryer with a handful of sand to tarnish
Tail: Feral Barn Cat whiskers
Abdomen: 50 denier GSP dyed in coffee and CBD Oil, rib with small black wire harvested from one of your kids remote control cars that never worked.
Thorax: Crap Brown Jackalope/ River Otter blend
Wing Case: Strip of really old electrical tape
Legs: Earl Sycamore's mustache hairs, I kink them with tweezers.
To finish the bug proper like, I use Solarez UV that I stole off of Charlie Cravens tying desk during a demo. Shit is great.
Let me know if you try it.
Every year I try and take some time and improve my teaching game. This year I am turning to a great American hero, Iron Man. That suit does everything, but it can be over loaded; like some of my clients. I've noticed that if Tony freakin Stark has all his power diverted to his jet boots, it is very hard to run auxiliary programs; so he needs to manage where he is concentrating his energy to be a hero. So I figure I am going to try and limit the system overloads this summer by thinking more like Iron Man. If a fella is using every available resource to just cast, asking him to watch where the flies are landing as well may just overload the system. There are between 4 and 8 programs that have to run efficiently for a guy to fish well from a boat. If one or two of those systems are drawing too much energy from the others, shit tends to blow up. I don't have some Marvel level bit of technology for you to strap to your hand so you can wave that incredibly heavy rod all day, but I can manage your level of intensity so we don't blow any circuits. Maybe make a hero out of a few of you.
Practice. I don't have a cool suit that does this for you.
Dangles lead to Tangles. Two and three fly rigs are the norm in my world. That includes when we are in the boat. There are times we need to stop waving that stick and get the bugs back to hand, but I have noticed some of you are reluctant to touch my flies. One version of the dangle is when a peep pulls all but 6 feet of fly line and the leader into the boat, leaving 2 or three heavy nymphs dangling in the water unattended. Bye bye bugs. Another popular dangle is when Mr Scaredycat grabs the leader but lets the goods wander around the boat getting into trouble until he is ready to cast again.
Don't be scared of your guides flies.
Dangles lead to tangles.