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BWO Nymph Prototype

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I started out on a search for the best BWO pattern for a certain beloved tail water I fish frequently year round. However, I've been getting skunked on cold overcast days! I just can't find the right BWO nymph pattern and I know that's what their eating. I get an occasional take on a rather small green midge and begin to wonder if they are mistaking it for a BWO nymph! I've pumped at least one fish on every trip and wind up with a bunch of shucks! Here's that shot.

 

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Not only do I get shucks I also manage quite a few nymphs as well! I've thought up an idea based off of another gentleman's fly and put a portion of it to work on this fly. I'm wanting it in the film, I think, and have used a foam back for this fly! Well the rest is up for you all to decide! I probably shouldn't have used black microfibbets, but that's all I had! I really wanna add a spouting, or budding wingcase out of the foam somehow! I think I've got an idea or two but wanted some suggestions.

 

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I plan on fishing them tommorrow and will report back here! Gimme some ideas guys!

 

~Brett

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They most certainly are 18's indeed...I forgot to mention that! What you can't pick up in the picture is the ribbing, which I'm sure you'll be able to pick out, once it hits the water! It's also tied on a 2457 hook, which is 2x heavy...not exactly an emerger hook! But like I said it's a prototype. I'm thinking, dry dropper about 15" off the dry! I don't know but we'll see!

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Great pattern, if you wanted to get really crazy with a sprouting wingbud you could use a slew of things. Z-lon, marabou, aftershaft feather, flash you name it. I bet the fly works good as is.

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Looks like you have a pretty good handle on these. Give them a try and let us know how you make out. If these do not work the way you want, come back for more suggestions.

 

Mark

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Those flies look really nice. I too have been experimenting with a BWO nymph, size 18 and 20. The one I tried last Friday and again yesterday worked beyond my expectations. The fly is tied with a few wood duck fibers, biot body, dubbed thorax with dark olive scud back over the top and legs soft hackle tied in as a throat. I can send a picture of you are interested. I fished this fly as a dropper to a BWO dry and most the fish taken were on the nymph. Fish taken were browns and rainbow.

 

Winefly

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Great flies there Brett. A really stylish fly. B) I'm with you all the way with microfibbets as tails for nymphs.

 

Will be interested to know how you got on using them. Perhaps use looped cdc or TMC aerodry for spouting wings?

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Nice looking flies.....I like to use 3 pheasant tail barbs for the tail...up close you'll see a contrasting line within them. Gives the bug alittle extra.

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Yes, yes! A little success! I did figure a thing or two out today though! It must float! And it needs something else! It's definately gotta be tied on a 2487 hook! And I need some high floating black foam! Someone please let me know! What kinda foam do they use on a Phase Two? That's what I'm needing! I'm also thinking of adding some CDC for some wing budding action! It was a tough day on a local tailwater in Tennessee, the South Holston. For those of you all whom have fished it, that's hard to say. But for the past three weeks it's been in that transitional stage. Fish trying to find their home for the year, and really trying to figure out if it's time to fatten up! Three tough weeks up there, hope it turns around soon!

 

I spent most of my day guiding my brother in law through the wringer! It was just tough all the way around..However this lil bug seemed to do the trick in the morning hours when we had some cloud cover! When the BWO's were in force, so was my lil bug! It worked dropped short off a dry 12" to 15"! It only caught fish within the first few feet of a drift though! So I learned quick to keep the dropper short and the cast's dry to keep the bug in the film!

 

Here's a hero shot! Not much of one from a fish stand point! My brother in law with a brownie!

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A good shot of that fly after it's done it's job!

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Today's unfortunate average catch! Bummer!

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Thanks for everyone's advice!

~Brett

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Nice photos, good fishes there Brett;

I would try one of these tied to match the hatch.

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best,

Roy

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Wing buds...I have found them non-essential but I used to tie in medallion sheeting, cut it short to shape and then melt the ends just slightly, makes a great budding wing.

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Nice fly, and BTW tell your inlaw to get outta my favorite fishing hole! I fish the SoHo alot myself. Joking about that run though. I think that fly will be a killer on that river. I saw the pic before I read teh text and knew it before I read it. That is a really good run.

 

STU

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