I’ve tried a few other materials for the body but the Simi seal type dubbing is always my go to for sure. The flow and movement and how long it can be picked out is a big reason why. I tied this black and blue one with black ice dubbing for the body and although fishy, the fibers aren’t as long as the seal
Thanks Brandon. I really like the idea of the colored bead on your leech patterns. Definitely compliments the colors in the body materials. I’ve been working on a new dry pattern (new for me anyway). Size 14. Cheers!!
Ostrich herl callibaetis which is a pretty standard fly
thread body callibaetis (Brandon’s hatch ready callibaetis)
And Brandon’s damsel bugger. Have had success with all 3 this season. Chironomids are my favorite but it has been fun fishing other hatches this year too. I wish this place wasn’t so dead!