Couple odd's and ends. One I keep meaning to put out there but, I think I've forgotten.
If you fish dry's, especially on tumbly waters... this stuff is amazing. I was told about it last year while having a discussion with Andy, the owner of http://www.concordoutfitters.com/ which is an awesome fly shop about 30' east of me. I was about to pick up more of my normal Gink floatant and Andy suggested trying this stuff - at least as a fly preparation product, though he said he uses it on the water as well.
I was unsure, but wholly smokes - it's amazing. I keep it on my bench and every dry that's supposed to fully float (spinners, catskills, hoppers etc) I dip, then let them dry before boxing them up. To this point, even after multiple fish I've found that the treated flies want to keep floating. It's pretty amazing! Where it has shined especially well, is when fishing small waters with flies like mini muddlers, bombers and other bushy drys. Those flies soak up the "fly-agra" and end up fishing as if made of cork!
Now, on to fun stuff. Below are a few flies I like to tie. First is a little take on the trusty pheasant tail nymph that I like. Black peacock krystal flash (one of the worlds greatest fly materials to me :)) as the wing case and folded over to make the legs as well. Little CCG on their for strength and to bring the sparkle out.
This one is a little black stone nymph I like. If you look at the nymphs of these little critters, they are actually sort of olive-yellow. Troutnut has a great image up for example sake: http://www.troutnut.com/specimen/439. With that in mind, i've tried to use some olive materials in my early stone patterns. Here's one. It's olive pheasant tail for the tail, with the same bit used as the wing case and folded over for legs (I like that strategy for simplicity sake). Peacock black crystal flash is used for the body, and gold rib. the thorax is palmered peacock.
It's a suggestive little nymph and works great. It's dense, so it looks for bottom fast, even in quick early season waters...
Have a super day -