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  1. Default Air Bubble Patterns

    Recipe – Dave’s Bubble Emerger
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    Hook – Long shank, light wire, size 12 to 18
    Shuck – Variegated Z-lon or Antron (colors of your choice)
    Thread – 6/0 green, yellow, or light brown
    Body – Thread
    Air Bubble – Clear heat shrink
    Wing – Web Wing or similar (white or off-white)
    Collar – Grizzly saddle feather cut flat on the bottom
    Legs – Brown rubber

    Real air bubble nymphs using heat shrink - what I have termed the Dave’s Bubble Emerger. I realize there is plenty of controversy over Gary LaFontaine’s claim of an air bubble causing a nymph to rise to the surface and emerge, but few dismiss the use of a bead or some type of material (usually Antron) to create this elusion. So, if you are going to tie a nymph or emerger that has this elusion why not make it a fly that really has an air bubble. (Note: this technique can be applied to any fly where air bubble elusion is desired) Fish this fly anywhere you would any other emerger, but especially in surface film or foam.

    Recipe – DC Shuckster
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    Shuck
    Hook – Long shank, light wire, size 8 to 14
    Thread – 6/0 caramel or light brown
    Tail - Brown Biot
    Body – Brown heat shrink
    Collar – Brown/Green Web Wing of similar
    Legs – Brown rubber

    Emerger
    No hook
    Thread - Green or color to match the emerging fly
    Wing – Web Wing or similar (white or off-white)
    Collar – Grizzly or white saddle feather
    Legs – White/Black spotted rubber

    Taking Gary LaFontaine’s claim of an air bubble causing a nymph to rise to the surface and emerge I have gone one step farther and developed the DC Shuckster. This nymph/emerger semidry pattern as it is designed to float has both the nymph shuck and the emerging fly with air inside both to hold it right at the surface. Fish this fly anywhere you would any other emerger, but especially in surface film or foam.

  2. Default Re: Air Bubble Patterns

    Great flys!! gonna give heat shrink a try

  3. Default Re: Air Bubble Patterns

    Make sure you get POLYOLEFIN tubing which has a low specific gravity (less the one). All heat shrink tubing is not the same, the stuff at local hardware and auto shops often has a specific gravity of 1.4 or more.

    Dave

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