After learning thread control in the beginner fly tying classes I took many years ago, it was time to tie some new flies with 2 materials. The instructor chose the Orange Asher as a place to begin.
This was followed by a change in the body floss from orange to red to give you the "Bloody Asher". Thats the name I was told by the instructor but I have also heard it called "Bloody Butcher".
Other variations would simply be tied using different colors of floss, tying it with peacock herl is the "Griffiths Gnat". I have purchased flies with a cream colored dubbed body and had tremendous success with it on the Green River in Utah. Another variation use grizzly hackle fibers for a tail and also has a gold tinsel rib. Try tying it with different body materials and different colors of hackle. The options are all up to you.
Belly & Back: Turkey tail feather fibers pulled forward after wrapping body
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Legs: Brown hackle trimmed top & bottom
Tying note: Try different colors of tinsels for the body to achieve different effects. Add ribbing for added durability. Apply a swipe of your favorite adhesive to the top and bottom of the tinsel body and then pull the turkey fibers forward glueing them to the body.
In with the new.....Greenback Tying Bench from Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado
I had another company (Hartman Woodworking) attempt to build one for me. I sent them a complete set of drawing to my specifications and they could not even follow my directions. After all, I'm was paying for the damn thing and wanted it built my way. They resisted my requirements and built certain parts their way and kept telling about heirloom quality that would last for generations. After a comment I made to them about their unwanted changes they decided not to ship me the finished product. Oh well, buyer beware!
Body: Beige chenille wrapped in 2 layers; front to back then back to front
Big Trout Only
Hook: TMC 300 #6 6XL
Body: Peacock colored chenille wrapped in 2 layers; front to back then back to front
ORIGINAL MAPLE SYRUP
BEAD HEAD MAPLE SYRUP....gold bead head
BEST MAPLE SYRUP (golden tippet tail)
BLACK BEAD HEAD MAPLE SYRUP Black bead head
RED BEAD HEAD MAPLE SYRUP (red tail)
RED TAILED MAPLE SYRUP
TROLLING MAPLE SYRUP
NEW SYRUP SERIES: All red tail
BLACK SYRUP shortest of the syrups, imitating caddis larvae (weighted)
COPPER SYRUP maple syrup with copper flash mixed in
GOLD SYRUP maple syrup with gold flash mixed
PEARL SYRUP maple syrup with pearl flash mixed in (weighted)
RED SYRUP maple syrup with red flash mixed in
SILVER SYRUP maple syrup with silver flash mixed in (weighted)
NESOWADNEHUNK SPECIAL is an orange body with a white wing
NESOWADNEHUNK TROUT DEVIL is a red body with a white wing
OLIVE CHENILLE NYMPH (our next best colored chenille nymph for trout )
Tying these flies is simple, but there are some rules. First, you can change the suggested sizes and colors if you want, but the recipes above seem to be the best producers. Second, you may be tempted to use only one wrap of chenille. Resist that temptation – both flies call for two wraps of chenille. Tie in at the eye, wind back and then wind forward over your first wrap. That’s two layers and anything less just doesn’t work as well. Third, the tail on the Maple Syrup should be sparse. Using too much material is the most common mistake fly tiers make. And lastly, the chenille on the Big Trout Only is wrapped back into the bend of the hook and then wrapped forward to the eye. If you only wrap it back to the point of the hook shank where the bend starts, some trout will spit it out. If you wrap the body a bit down into the bend of the hook, you’ll get better hookups. For imitating dragon fly, stone fly, hellgrammite, hexagenia, and worm.