Posts Tagged ‘Lil’ Grey Nymph tutorial

16
Apr
11

Fly Tying: Recap ~ Lil’ Grey Emerger

Some times a drought of thought or ideas (life, fishing, tying, blogging), calls for revisiting the past and reconnecting to the tried and true: I have high lighted this little gem before and I think it is a great beginner’s pattern, for the tier, especially for still waters. In the film and just subsurface it is very successful. Equally so working up from the depths. I know, I know..even out of a beginning fly tying class or from a book out of the shop, you can tie more complex patterns…yes, yes. But….

Review the simple tying steps, maintain the sparse profile, study the pics, rib it or not and believe.

The Lil’ Grey can be tied with different shades of Anron/Zelon (I wouldn’t use the kwinkle synthetics). These patterns were tied size 18. I tied size 14-18 to follow the seasonal mayfly progression of larger to smaller sizes. This makes a dandy in the surface Chrionomid emerger. Try it. Idon’t guarantee to much here, because that is the way of fly fishing. I headge a bit re this pattern. 

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31
Oct
09

Lil’ Grey Nymph (So Simple You’ll Ignore It….Don’t)

Lil' Gray Nymph~SwittersB

At first blush you would discount this pattern as too simple to be worthy or effective. I understand that more adornments seems better. But, this pattern has REPEATEDLY proven itself on stillwaters and streams. I have taught fly tying to beginners over the years. After the Woolly Worms, Elk Hair Caddis, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Bead Head this and that…I would end the class with this pattern. I would invariably see the baffled looks. ‘This fly does not seem complex enough to work.”  A gift horse in the mouth….

Work it like any nymph…it works. The Lil’ Grey was the original color. I was on a grey kick. It work as a Lil’ Brown or Lil’ Greenie. Simple to tie for a young tyer and absolutely efficient at catching trout. Trust me…trust it. The tying sequence is hopefully simple to follow.

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Grey or Gray…this lil’ nymph is probably too simple to warrant all the pics, but I am not given to the usual tutorial sequences. So, I thought I would give it a try. To recap….simple to tie, simply tight.You can look at the fly and go….well a wire rib would add more flash….A little Krystal flash to the wing…oh the tail is too bushy….see you are thinking too much. Take a break…keep it simple.

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