This month's TIE THIS fly is the Shetland Futsū as tied by Jason Klass. Jason has been a featured tier here in the past. I learned a lot about tying Shetland wool yarn from his posts on his blog TenkaraTalk.com. I think he covers it perfectly and I hope you will take some time at the vise to give this material and his fly a try. Here is his take and thinking about his work and use of the Shetland Futsū
The Shetland Futsū is a versatile fly that's great as an anchor fly, nymph, wet fly, emerger, or even dry fly (when treated). It allows you to instantly switch from an upstream dead-drift to a sasoi presentation without changing flies. I always tie mine with red thread, which acts as a "micro" hot spot -- just enough to entice without being overly blatant. It's cheap and easy to tie, which means they're easy to replace so you won't hesitate to throw your fly into that snag magnet everyone else is afraid to lose their $7 foam monstrosity to. But my favorite thing about this fly is its endless possibilities for experimenting with different color combinations. The Shetland wool comes in a wide range of colors, and all of them look intrinsically buggy, so you really can't pick a bad one!
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