The Shop Vac (BWO Variation)
As Blue Winged Olives continue to emerge on our local waters, I wanted to share another favorite “light weight” BWO emerger pattern, which I purposely fish higher in the water column-The Shop Vac. This modified Shop Vac imitates (as least attempts to) an emerging BWO emerger, and has proven useful over the last few days. I feel the budding wingcase does a nice job to create the illusion of a budding mayfly wing. This pattern can be modified to imitate any mayfly, but I wanted to share this variation as olives are currently available this time of year. While this pattern can be fished anywhere in the water column, I prefer to position it in the upper layer (tied 12-16” off a dry fly with a dry dropper approach or placed on the top dropper with a tight line rig) to imitate a BWO emerger. In short, the Shop Vac is a simple, quick to tie, and a proven track record. After all, there’s a reason it’s called the SHOP VAC.
Please remember that you can substitute any of the materials mentioned below. Fly fishers develop greater confidence in patterns they “tweak”, and confidence is a huge part of angling sucess. Good Fishing!
Hook: TMC 2457#16-20 (or any scud hook)
Bead: 3/32 Black Tungsten or Brass Bead
Thread: 8/0 Olive Dun Uni Thread
Rib: Extra Small Gold Wire
Body: Pheasant Tail
Wing: Ice Dub UV Gray
Dubbing Collar: Jan Siman Black Peacock Dubbing