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Attractor Back Nymph

tied by Frank G. Swarner III
Fly Type: Attractor Pattern,
Target Species: Steelhead,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Imitation: Stone Flies,
Material List:
Hook: Tmc 105, sizes 4-10
Tail: 2 Fibers from a Turkey Quill
Body: Natural Dubbing or Ice Dubbing
Ribbing: Wire or Flashabou
Wingpad: 2 Turkey Biots
Egg: Glo-Bug Yarn or McFly Foam
Thorax: Estaz
Legs/Gills: Rabbit Hair from a Zonker Strip
Antennae: Biots used for wing pad criss-crossed over the eye of the hook
Head: Thread

Tying Instructions: 1.) Insert the hook into the vise

2.) Attach the thread at the midpoint of the hook and wrap back to a point on the hook shank above the hook point and stop.

3.) Attach some dubbing to your thread and make a small ball of dubbing at a point on the hook shank above the barb. This “ball” will help split the tails. The tails should be 1 to 2 times the space of the hook gap. Select 2 fibers from a goose quill and attach them to either side of the hook shank and wrap forward to the midpoint of the hook.

4.) Attach the ribbing to the underside of the hook below the midpoint. Apply some light tack wax to the thread and spin small amounts of dubbing onto the thread. Wrap the dubbing backwards toward the tail, binding the ribbing to the underside of the hook shank. Stop at the tail and leave the ribbing underneath at the rear. Wrap the dubbing forward tapering the body (add more dubbing if necessary) and stop at the midpoint of the hook.

5.) Wrap the wire ribbing forward segmenting the body 4-6 times. Tie off the wire on the underside of the shank at the midpoint of the hook.

6.) Select 2 Turkey Biots and measure them so that they are 1-1 1/2 times the length of the hook shank. Hold them in your fingers so that the fibers are splaying away from each other. Tie them in on top of the hook shank at the midpoint of the hook

7.) Select a 2”-4” length of Glo-Bug Yarn or McFlyfoam and tie it in on top of the hook shank with 2-3 turns of thread and fold the ends back. Leave them long, it will be easier to trim when the fly is finished.

8.) Select some Estaz and strip approximately 1/4” of the plastic fibers off the tip. Attach the tip of the Estaz on top of the shank just in front of the egg yarn. Wrap the Estaz forward 3 turns and tie the material off on top of the hook shank. Fluff the Estaz so that the plastic fibers are standing at 90 degree angles to the hook shank. Trim the Estaz off the bottom and the top of the hook shank.

9.) Select a small clump of rabbit hair from a zonker strip and trim the fibers off . Tie the Rabbit hair onto the underside of the hook shank just in front of the Estaz. The fibers should be tied in “long” with 2-3 loose turns of thread. Keeping some tension on the thread, pull the butt ends of the Rabbit hair forward so the tips of the hair extend no further than the bend of the hook. Keep tension on the thread and fold the butt ends back over the underside of the hook shank and tie them off . Trim off the excess butts and use your thumb nail to smooth the fibers around the underside of the hook shank.

10.) Select one of the Turkey biots and fold it forward, crossing it over the hook shank, and tie the biot down at the eye. Repeat the process for the other biot.

11.) Finish the fly with a whip finish and coat the head with some cement.

12.) Grab the strands of Glo-Bug Yarn or McFly Foam, hold them vertically and trim the excess in a half circle.

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