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A.P. Nymph

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The "A. P." in this fly's name could stand for either "All Purpose" or the inventor, André Puyans.

A generic nymph, it looks like a lot of things that live underwater and get eaten by trout.

 

The following step-by-step tying process will assist you in tying the A.P. series nymphs.

The unique manner in which they are tied can be incorporated into many other patterns.

 

 

The A.P. Nymph

 

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Tie in lead/non lead wire at the thorax and secure with tying thread. I don't normally do it but if you want coat the thread and lead wraps with head cement feel free to do so.

 

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Tie in enough material for the tail, wingcase and legs just behind the lead wraps. At this time you can trim out some tail fibers or leave them in for a fuller tail. I trimmed out about 50% of the tail fibers for this fly. Tie in your ribbing wire.

 

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Dub you thread and wrap the body followed by the ribbing wire. Trim off the wire and dub the thorax.

 

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The wingcase is pulled over the thorax and tied down.

 

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The legs are formed by bringing the thread to a position just in front of the thorax and separating 3-4 fibers on each side and securing with tying thread. Excess material is the trimmed off.

 

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the finished fly! Time to try it out!

 

Additional Recipes

 

A.P. Beaver Nymph

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Black

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed Beaver Fur

Head: Dubbed Beaver Fur

 

A.P. Black Beaver Nymph

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Black

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur

Head: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur

 

A.P. Claret & Beaver Nymph

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Black

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed blend of 40% medium color beaver,

20% claret synthetic for, 20% seal brown synthetic fur & 20% hares ear

Head: Dubbed with body blend

 

A.P. Hendrickson Nymph

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Brown

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Bronze mallard

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed reddish brown beaver or synthetic fur

Head: Dubbed with body blend

 

A.P. Muskrat #1

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Gray

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Blue Dun Hackle Fibers

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat

Head: Dubbed with body blend

 

A.P. Muskrat #2

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Gray

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Moose Body Hair

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat

Head: Dubbed with body blend

 

A.P. Olive Nymph

Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent

Thread: Brown

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dyed olive barred mallard

Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)

Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed olive beaver or synthetic fur

Head: Dubbed with body blend

 

A.P. Peacock & Pheasant Nymph

Hook: Mustad 9671 or equivalent

Thread: Black

Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Ringneck Pheasant center tail fibers. Select so that dark center portion covers wingcase area.

Ribbing: Copper Wire

Body & Thorax: Peacock herl

Head: Black tying thread

 

 

Tying Notes/Suggestions

 

Add a bead to make it a beadhead style fly

 

Add flash to make it a flashback style nymph

 

Try different colors & sizes to match the hatch

 

Try natural as well as synthetic dubbing

 

Tie the wing case similar to the Copper John

 

Use tinsel only as the wing case

 

Use your favorite hook

 

Try tying this pattern on a curved hook

 

Tie a light colored abdomen/dark colored thorax

 

Tie it with an all wire abdomen

 

Tie it weighted or unweighted

 

Use your favorite weighting material (lead or non lead)

 

You can weight the entire shank or just the thorax area

 

Tying techniques associated with this pattern

 

Wrapping thread on hook

 

Wrapping lead wire on hook

 

Tailing

 

Ribbing

 

Dubbing on thread and wrapping dubbed body, thorax & head areas

 

Wingcases

 

Creating legs

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Great tutorial on a really killer pattern and one that is ripe for customizing as you show with your list of suggestions!!

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Well presented. First time I've looked on this leg of the forum. I'll have a better look now I think.

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Wonderful,informative and easy to follow...GREAT SBS flytire!

Murray

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