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'Perlodes' Generic Stonefly Nymph
tied by paul whillock
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Recommended Region: Other,
Imitation: Stone Flies,
This is my Perlodes Nymph it is my olderst realistic pattern and began life as a Realistic Fishing Fly. After tying it at a number of shows, it soon became a very popular "Copy TYing" fly.
Over a lead wire underbody, it uses Flexibody for the Abdomen, Japanese Nymph Legs, 25lb Mono for the tails, Raffene for the thorax covering, Flexibody for the wingbuds, pronotum and head capsule. Colur is added using waterproof pens. Interestingly, it is not how you add the ink but how you remove the ink that creates the realistic effects! Simply add a layer of Black waterproof ink along the entire upper surface and then remove panels of the black ink to create the patterned effect.
Tying Instructions: Make a lead wire underbody by winding lead around the hook shank. Tie in a pair of 25lb monofilament tails and then, on the underside; tie in a 3mm wide strip of clear Flexibody right at the very end of the fly. Bind the entire abdominal and thoracic section with tying thread until a smooth underbody is formed. Now wrap the Flexibody strip around the abdomen to a point half way along the total length of the body.
On the underside of the thorax, tie in 3 Japanese Nymph legs. Leg spacing is critical as you will use the legs to determine where the wing buds, Pronotum and head capsule eventually sit so: looking at the underside of the Nymph; tie the rear leg in at the same point as the Abdomen ends. The centre and front legs should be tied at equidistant intervals up to the hook eye. When complete, stop and make sure the legs are correctly lined up and then tie in securely.
Dub around the rear legs and then in between the rear and centre legs; tie in the rear wingbud……basically a rectangular strip of Flexibody with a “V” shape trimmed into one end. Tie this strip in and then dub from this point up to the centre of the middle and front legs. Again, tie in the second wingbud and at exactly the same point, tie in a 40mm in length, strip of Flexibody (which should be the same width as the thorax) and pointing backwards.
Dub around the front legs and up to the rear of the head capsule. Fold the Flexibody strip over to create the Pronotum and then tie down up to the hook eye.
Add a pair of 10lb mono Antennae and then dub the head area. Fold the Flexibody strip back over the head and tie down into the “Neck” of the nymph.
Use a candle to warm a dubbing needle and bend the legs to shape. Add colour using waterproof pens.
The colouring can seem a little complex at first so, if you need an “Overhead” image of one of my Nymphs…..please email me…….I always have a ton of images to hand.
As an alternative; try using 2mm strips of yellow Raffene instead of dubbing. Tie the strips in and bind the Thorax with Raffene along the same route as the recipe and instructions shown above. This will help to produce a very realistic Nymph that is worthy of being framed.
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