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tied by flytyinfreak
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: not available Steelhead, Trout,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Imitation: Stone Flies,
Material List:
Hook:Partridge heavy wire czech hook sz 4, Dai Riki 270 sz 4 or any curved shank hook sz 4 3x long. YEs this nymph can range in sz 18 to 2, I DID SAY SIZE TWO!
tungsten bead and .003 lead free wire 12 wraps over long pieces of .003 lead ran along top of shank.
Tails and legs: FTD legs in black, legs doubled up.
back strip and wing pads: 1/8" or 1/4" scud back in black 2 inches long, yes that long.
rib: black ultra wire in fine.
Abdomen: natural bamboo twine in drk brown
dubbing: Polar ice dub in black.
Tying Instructions: 1. Bead hook and place 2 pieces of .003 lead 1/4" long side by side and bind, snug to the bead, on the TOP of the shank.
2. Over those long pieces wrap .003 lead free wire to cover.
3. Advance thread to rear of hook,just about, but not past, halfway up the curve.
NOTE: invert hook in your vice as this fly is tied with details showing upside down.
4. Tie in tails and rib. tie scud back in on the inside curve of the hook
5. Dub a good fat taper to half of the total flies length.
6. Wrap bamboo thread in touching turns to half of fly length and tie off
7a. Pull scud back over and tie off where bamboo thread and dubbing end. DO NOT CUT OFF EXTRA!
7b. counter wrap rib forward 5-7 times over scud back to create segmentation, and tie off.
8. Dub a very fat and full thorax all the way to the bead, then, in open liberal wraps, (2-3) return thread to one third of the length of the thorax.
9. Create a small loop of scud back and wrap thread over, then flatten loop by placing your bodkin inside loop and tying down loop with another wrap or two of thread. This procedure should create your first (closest to the tail) wing pad. lightly dub over thread wraps, creating a bump to hold the second wing pad up and off the body.
10. Take and create 4 legs out of leg material roughly 1/2 inches long. taking 2 together, tie one set in on each side of the body roughly at the halfway point of the thorax.
11. Create second wing pad directly where you have tied the legs in, again with the loose scud back, the bodkin and the bump. Take care not to trap legs in when executing this step.
12. Dub a bit of a neck and stretch scud back over bead then wrap off just behind bead and lightly dub over those wraps.
13. Pull scud back to the rear and tie off thread,just behing bead. Make sure scud back is folded to the rear of the hook. Cut scud back off, leaving a small tag to represent the collar between the wind pads and the head.
14. apply liberal amounts of head cement around the back of the bead. This fly brings out the big boys with big teeth so don't be shy with that glue!
Presentation Tips: This fly is weighted so the hook inverts and rides point up. That is why the first strips of wire are fairly short and tyed in ALONG the shank, side by side. this bit of weight allows the fly to ride "ass up" when in the drift. This fly IS my go to fly for nymphing in the Pacific Northwest. Simply put its deadly. The salmonfly this fly imitates takes 3 years to hatch, and hatches every year! What does that mean? It means that there are always salmonfly nymphs in the river, in various sizes from an 18 3x all the way to a 4 or 2 3x hook. With that information next time you come to western Montana, Eastern Idaho or Oregon and Washington bring you big black bugs and fish with confidence!



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