Posts Tagged ‘nymph patterns


Fly Tying: Copper John S-B-S

For a small nymph pattern, that sinks quickly, it is hard to beat the Copper John. In smaller sizes, it will cut the surface tension and sink quickly. Use it by itself, as part of a multiple nymph rig or as a dropper below a dry fly/indicator set up. I have tied this with the traditional copper colored wire and the with black and lime green copper wire. Blues, reds, well there are many colored fine wires out there now in shops or online. Here is a nice S-B-S (step by step) at SwedneckFlyFishing on tying the Copper John. My advice: keep the Biot tail less than the length of the shank, and keep the partridge legs about half the length of the shank (both as depicted here).

Copper John Nymph at


Fly Tying: Basic Dubbed Nymph for Beginning Tier

Generic Dubbed Nymph at Hip Wader that provides a good tutorial for the beginning tier

This little tutorial S-B-S provides several visuals that will help the beginning fly tier: The Bead head + wire wrapped shank. This helps add dense weight to the fly to get it down; the tail is synthetic and more durable than hackle barbs or a clump of fur; the use (dubbing) of animal fur, whether from a skin or out of a bag is a traditional facet of  tying. Learning to prepare the fur prior to dubbing is important to get the most out of the material. The Hip Wader site has nice tutorials….explore, but come back here!

Wire wrapped shank + bead head for dense weight (Hip Wader)

Another consideration here is Lead Free Wire for fly tying. I am often using lead wire on my shanks because I have spools of it, big spools. But, I have also bought and have been using the less dense, stiffer Lead Free wire. The combo of wire wraps + a bead head may provide the necessary weight to get the fly down. On smaller flies, it may be token effort without some form of shot on the leader. Either way, the combination of wire + a bead is a good tool for the beginner to consider. In more exacting imitations, a few more turns of wire and no bead may be called for. Some patterns won’t call for any weight. Swimmer nymphs fished higher in the water column don’t need to plummet to the depths. Research Lead Free wire and shot and alternative materials used in wire and shot.



Nymphing: Basics on Bugs

The Fly Fish Company puts out some nice basic video presentations for beginners………here is a Nymphing & Insects one worth watching.

Hare's Ear Nymph by SwittersB


Stillwater Hatches (Brian Chan)

I have occassionally highlighted the well known Brian Chan. His knowledge is apparent, but I have an added touch to this: several times I have reached out to Brian and without hesitation he has provided precise information about how certain stillwater insects act subsurface and how the trout act early in the year. He did not know me from Earl….but, he graciously helped. A true gentleman.

Here I offer up some stillwater insect info from Brian Chan’s site Rise Form Ventures . There is a very good, basic over view of stillwater insects.

I like this picture. I took it outside wth the sunlight upon a suggestion by Tim Barker (Planet Trout)


Fly Tying: Two Tone, Top/Bottom (Nymphs)

You most often see color/shade contrast in fly tying in the round on the pattern….a contrast of materials wrapped up the shank and by virtue of a contrasting ribbing of some sort the fly appears segmented and/or of different colors.

Another technique is to over lay the body (abdomen and thorax) with a darker material. This is seen in the Skip (Morris) Nymph, the Czech Nymphs and in this instance (my pic) a bead head pupa pattern. I didn’t tie the fly (not sure how I came by the few I found in a box’s compartment) but I noticed the backstrap and found the material (dark biot) interesting, if too sparse.

There is a backstrap, but it is minimal and does not aggressively provide a top/bottom contrast in colors (although this is likely a Caddis pattern, and the contrast is important for mayfly nymphs).

From this view, the biot backstrap provides a nice contrast

This is an example of pheasant tail fibers being used as backstrap (SwittersB)

Similar concept for Stonefly nymph (less contrast) SwittersB

You get the idea of the overlay of material creating a contrast (darker on top/lighter on bottom). Ribbing for the suggestion of segmentation is usually tied in at the same time as the backstrap material. The ribbing binds the material down atop the body material. This darker over light idea is frequently used for the wingcase over the thorax.  Pic of Callebaetis Nymphs, Upper Left


Fly Tying & Fishing: Tag Ends of This & That

Double Bead Peacock Herl Nymph: A size 10 to 14 hook. You could use the swimming nymph hook or lightly bend the shank on a 3-4xl hook. Glass or metallic beads can be used and the colors could be varied. Metallic will aid in descent. The green looks nice here. The peacock herl is always an awesome material to use. The tail is more of a tag than a longer wispy tail.

Carp Fly Fishing Presentation (not sure if this piece is attributable to the university or Fly Fish Addiction site that published but did not attribute or if one in the same source. You will find some interesting suggestions).

No Retrieve: “Gary LaFontaine, in his book, Fly Fishing the Mountain Lakes, states that “a slow retrieve outfished a quick retrieve 4 to 1 and no retrieve outfished a slow retrieve four to one….I’m a specialist at not moving a fly—nymph, dry, wet, or streamer—on lakes.” (ohhh, patience, patience. Unless fishing a streamer pattern, we all tend to fish too fast. If your fly sinks too quickly and hangs up, then perhaps the fly is too heavy or the type of line is taking it down too quickly in shallow water…10′ or less).

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