I at times sit down to tie a fly or two and just roll with it. Nothing fancy, sometimes odd-looking. If the fly works, I tie some more for the next outing.
Above is a fly that I hope will work at the Farmington. A thread midge. Size 18 and with a glass bead.
With water so low, I’ve been tinkering with glass for my dropper flies. I wanted some weight, but I didn’t want big splashes. I also wanted something that floated naturally vs. dragging the bottom. These flies worked really well at the Farmington with a dry-dropper set-up (prior post here).
You can buy the beads in different colors, although I’ve been sticking with just two: black and crystal. The latter are good for emerger patterns, as they can appear like an air bubble on a bug ready to rise to the surface.
This isn’t new material. People like Pat Dorsey, who invented the Mercury Midge, long have been incorporating glass beads to dupe the hard-to-fool fish at Colorado tailwaters. I find that reading up on what he and Ed Engle do out there is a great way to find “best practices” at other tailwaters. Ed’s book, Tying Small Flies, is incredibly good.
So, consider trying glass beads to give your flies a different look. They’ve worked well for me so far.