I learn a great deal from all of you. I read every comment.
So, when, blog reader Steve described his #1 fly (here), I decided to experiment.
Up top is a size 16 simplified Pheasant Tail with an orange-thread collar. I added a bubble-back with some Loon UV Finish Thick. It’s the same stuff I use for Perdigón flies. It adds weight and a subtle shine to the fly. It also suggests an enlarged thorax, which is a strike trigger (cf. Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies).
Am looking forward to fishing this fly. Thanks, Steve, for the heads-up!