By Jason Akl
Before every spring if you listen carefully enough you can almost hear
the anxious sigh of thousands of tiers behind their vices as they try
to figure out what they can do to make old fly patterns more enticing
to fish. Fortunately enough for them AguaGlo dressing has come to the
market providing the answer that they were looking for. Flow Tek Inc,
a innovative fly tackle company, based out of Boulder, Colorado has
come up with a material dressing which after a few minutes of charging
will glow and attract attention from even the most lackadaisical of
fish. This non-toxic dressing at first observation looks much like an
ordinary tube of lip balm but to the creative tier the uses of AquaGlo
are almost endless.
is great as a dubbing wax for all different types of natural and
synthetic dubbing. Simply apply a small amount of AquaGlo to your
fingers and pinch dub the thread as you normally do. This dubbed body
when charged with light will glow brightly even in the darkest of
waters. If you are planning on tying scuds or vinyl bodied flies make
sure to treat the underbody with a liberal amount of AquaGlo to have
it glow through. In low light conditions or during overcast conditions
with stained water treating dry fly wings with AquaGlo will greatly
help anglers keep eye contact with flies. If you are going to be
nymphing in these same types of conditions then treating your
indicator will also keep it visible.
AquaGlo can be
used on a wide variety of materials from metal spinner blades to deer
hair and even ultra fine threads in almost any color. For the best
results light colors in bright hues seem to glow exceptionally well
after being treated with AquaGlo. Light greens, yellows, and whites
will all become energetic in dark conditions.
information on Flow Tek products or for ordering information please
a tube, tie your favorite patterns and watch your flies come alive!
Used in the AquaGlo Emergent Caddis:
1130 Size 10 Scud Hook
Thread: Black 8/0 Uni-Thread
Body: Green Floss (Coated with AquaGlo) overlaid with 8 lb Mono
Thorax: Synthetic Hares Ear Dubbing
Wing: Wood Duck Marred Feather
Antennae: Wood Duck Barred Feather
Head: Tungsten Bead
Hackle: Soft Grey Under-Hackle from Saddle Feather
Start this fly by placing the bead over the hook point and sliding it
up to the back of the hook eye. Secure the hook into the vice tightly,
and attach the thread to the hook shank behind the bead. Tie in a six
inch strip of eight pound mono and cover it with thread until you
reach the bend in the hook shank. Advance the thread back up the hook
shank and tie in a small strip of green floss fully-coated with
AquaGlo. Wrap the floss down and back up the hook shank creating a
smooth, even body.
the mono up the hook shank carefully leaving no spaces between each
successive wrap. Tie off the mono behind the bead.
the ¾ mark on the hook shank form a dubbing loop with the thread and
insert some of the synthetic hare's ear dubbing. Spin the dubbing into
a fuzzy robe and wrap this rope around the hook shank creating a thick
thorax. Select a light colored wood duck barred feather and tie it
over the body of the fly with the quills pulled forward on top of the
hook eye. Tie in two single quills from the wood duck feather and
separate them with the tying thread so that they form a V extending
over the back of the fly.
Lastly tie in a grey soft hackle by its tip and palmer this hackle
forward to the back of the bead head. Take a few turns of thread
behind the bead head to push the soft hackle into a swept position.
Whip finish the thread and cement the head thoroughly.
Text and photos by
Jason Akl © 2005