August Fly of the Month: Glo Bubble Caddis Pupa
One of my favorite parts about this business is researching lure makers and fly tiers from around the world. The August Fly of the Month served as no exception, and I found myself reading all about Mike Mercer, the creator of the Glo Bubble Caddis Pupa, and one of the West's leading fly designers. Over the years, Mike has created over 60 first rate flies, many of which are being used in streams throughout the world! He currently is an Umpqua Feather Merchant and also works with the Fly Shop (www.theflyshop.com), where he has worked for nearly 30 years - working his way up from a stock boy to a top fly tier.
In 2010, Mike wrote a book entitled Creative Fly Tying that details his creations and expertise in the fly trying world. Mercer has developed many of his flies in the tradition of Gary LaFontaine - with thorough research, much trial and error, and then practical application of contemporary materials available to him. And then he goes and tries them out! Not a bad gig if you ask me. His book includes a "How to" portion on how to tie some of his flies but, judging by many of my failures at tying my own, that won't be of much use to me.
Check out his book Creative Fly Tying by Mike Mercer to see if you have any better luck than I do!
|Mike Mercer's Glo-Bubble Caddis - Olive|
|Hook:||TFS 3769, sizes 12-18|
|Thread:||8/0 Tying Thread, olive|
|Bead:||Copper Bead, match to size|
|Body "Bubble":||Z Yarn, light olive|
|Body:||Midge Tubing, olive|
|Wingcase:||Thin Skin, brown|