Here's a fly that stands out to both fish and fishermen. It's a big, nasty, high floating terrestrial imitation (or maybe just a big meal) that can be fished on its own, or as the dry in a dry-dropper rig. Tim takes you through the steps to get the perfectly segmented body with minimal wraps of thread, and a few other tips on tying with foam.
As for any fishing reports, things have been too hot around here and the rivers have been much too low for trout fishing. I plan to be in the Catskills next weekend, and if that goes as planned, I'll report back here on how things go.
Sharpen your hooks.