UPDATE - 3/2/2015: I just saw via CTflyAngler http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/ and PondStalker http://pondstalker.blogspot.com/2015/03/we-have-lost-one-of-our-own.html that Atlas has unexpectedly passed on. Very sad news. Very, very sad news. The post below was laid out a week or so ago, after finally getting to spin up some flies Atlas had described on his blog. He was the first to comment here, and has been a real pleasure to communicate with over the past year or so. Sympathy goes out to his family!
Recently Atlas over at http://atlasfishing.blogspot.com/ posted about a nymph he really liked called the "Shop Vac". One of my favorite part's of blogdom, is learning about patterns I had not known of prior, or seeing other's creativity with hook, feather and fur.
What I loved about the Shop Vac, was that it was simple, used tried and true materials (pheasant tail, gold ribbing, peacock hearl and gold beads just can not be used wrong)... but added something I love:
A little white tuft. Now, do fish think this is a wing case emerging or does it just catch their eye or does it look like LaFontain's "air bubble sheen"? I have no idea. But I'm pretty sure that it's a reason so many flies that could be a nymph but could be an emerger or even a small streamer (picket pin anyone) are so successful.
So, seeing this, I had to try it. Fast, easy and fun to tie. Thanks Atlas - I look forward to trying these out when it's possible to access our streams and rivers again!