A Tweaked Out BWO SHOP VAC

 

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

 

 

 

There’s a reason why the Shop Vac continues to be a top seller for fly shops-it catches fish.

There’s a reason why the Shop Vac continues to be a top seller for fly shops-it catches fish.