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Nymph Skin

Quality hooks on the cheap
The two best sources I've found are Allen's Fly Fishing, which many here already know about, and hardydeluxe on Ebay, which I'm sure many also know about. Both have been mentioned by others in the pas
2wt capabilities
I have a 6'6" 2wt built on a tiger-eye blank.  I've cast larger flies (stimulator, hoppers), indicators, and small streamers (like size 10, 12) with it.  It isn't pretty.  The 2wt is no
Baiting flys
There is an old traditional way of fishing a worm upstream on fly gear that was used in Northern England when the rivers were too high for North Country Flies to be effective. In some areas Gadger fis
Heptagenia Nymph - SBS?
Obi,   Check out this March Brown Nymph by Bob Jacklin.....   Not to difficult, and should catch you some trout.
Project Crayfish
Depends on if you are going to dead drift them like a nymph, or strip them like a fleeing animal.    Dead drifted, use a Clouser Crayfish.   Not simple to tie, but the best there i
Gift Idea
Adams, Pheasant tail nymph, olive woolly bugger
Getting started
Hi everyone   I've been tying for about 3 months now and am really enjoying it. I've caught a few fish on some basic wolly bugger and soft hackle flies (trout and bass)   I'm now looking for
A request for data -- for accounts of ....
My experience was stripping a pheasant tail nymph in a small stream for stocked rainbows. I was using a size 16. They would come out of the school and follow it, but not take the fly. I have
Alabama rig
Okay, salmob, I have a question from your experience. Do you find fish will much more often hit the rear streamer regardless of which color is there? Over the years I've found that fish for some reaso
first pheasant tail nymph
I am a complete newby when it comes to tying. I bought my first vise, tools, and material last weekend at the tying show in somerset nj. Was just looking to get some inout on my first attempt at the p
DECEMBER FLY from the bench
Hendrickson nymph;  
Shuttle Weave - How to.
Tried it with bobbins and always found they got in the way more than helped. The main problem I had using them was controlling the twist that builds up, without loosing tension. YMMV. When working flo
Wool from IKEA
Considering how cheap you can get bulk wool, not sure why anyone would want to waste the money on a skin.
Snipped out of a bass tube.  Dimpled slightly on a beading needle.  Loosely wrapped onto a hook and then glued in place with CA glue.  This one is not weighted. But it's easy enough to
UV in your flies - fact or fallacy.
I have been using UV and UV2 products in many of my ties for awhile now. I let the Trout be the final does this guy:
renzetti spinning attachment?
Slow turning is (very) useful for neatly, evenly-spaced ribbing of all kinds.   High speed spinning (as with the Nor) is useful for wrapping thread on a bare hook and (for me) for some dubbing op
The squirminator.
I have recently stumbled upon a nymph pattern that is called the squirminator. I would post the link but it seems like I am unable to do so. A quick google search can find it for you. The fl
Favorite hopper indicator
It has only happened once to me but it proves the necessity of the set up.   While fishing the River Ribble on the Paythorn Length, for anyone who knows it near the Queen Mary, small olives were
What flies work well for carp?
Hi group,   Here in Idaho we have great carp fishing on the Snake River just south of Boise. Our three go-to patterns for them are a Sparkle Pupa (usually bright green on the body), Elk Hair Cadd
Patterns/Books for Belgium/Western Europe?
Hello folks.   So, upon examination, looks like my new fishing locale will be... Belgium, with possible forays into Germany and/or France.    Well. Being from the NE United States, I ha
More on my emerger from Nov's Flies From The Bench.
The body is translucent Nymph Skin, a stabilised latex strip, over an under body of two colours of thread. The important part about Nymph Skin is the stabilised bit. Any old latex cut into a strip wil
Organizing Dubbing
Organizing our fly tying materials is something that is always changing for most of us. I have many systems in place, some of which I really like, and others that I've had just semi-success with. 
One more thread from Santa.
I Nymph a lot more than I fish dries, but I fish bass, panfish, and Carp just as much, if not more than I get to fish for trout.
Wing case - synthetic material?
You may also want to use flat mylar to make the wingcase. This makes a flashback nymph. Did well on panfish with a hares ear type fly with a purple wingcase.   Rick
Wet Fly Fishing Techniques
I rarely fish traditional winged wet flies, but wingless soft-hackle wets are a staple of my trout fly box. I do, however, love the look of the traditional wet flies and have always meant to tie up a
IFFF Skills tying award
As long as a program such as this doesn't develop into a hurdle one must jump before a tier is permitted to participate in some tying related enterprise such as a show/conclave or enter a tying contes
Nova Scotia Classic
Everyone has their opinions and what is wrong for some is not wrong for others. I see nothing wrong with harvesting whatever you want, even if I wouldn't do the same. I have no reason to force my beli
New Construction method for nymphs
sorry for so many answers - I cant edit my posts on the IE version I have at workthere is a lead wire nymph called "waef" (When All Else Fails) (GOOGLE it)the "waef" has a tuft of elk hair (deer, cari
Duck Season is here!
I'd love to get my hands on a duck skin and/or other feathers (wood duck flank and pheasant tails in particular) but I don't hunt.  Any advice about how I would go about befriending a hunter and
Efficient micro nymphs for long nymphing
 These are tied with Hends Body Quill. Every beginner can tie these nymphs and the tying process is very interested  because you can  provide different shades and colors in a lot of var
What are you're go to late fall/winter steelhead flies?
THE go-to fly here in Michigan is egg patterns. After that it could be any number of patterns depending on how you like to fish. For streamers, wooly buggers/egg sucking leaches heads the list followe
Looking For A Good Agent Orange Fly Pattern
It's been a number of years since I've seen the proper recipe, so I honestly forget.  I believe I used tan yarn for the abdomen ribbed with orange wire.  I used an angora goat blend for the
Best Deer Hair For Spinning
Razor blades, the ones you describe are great for trimming deer hair. Also I have found that the battery operated beard trimmer built into the bottom of some Wilkinson Sward razors is very useful. I d
The sulphurea must be one of the most beautiful mayflies i have seen. Really something speciel to see this "little" yellow beauty floating down the stream :) Never seen a lot of them, a few on a good
November Swap Club
Breambuster, I'm not sure what to do now. I have had my versions of a turkey tail nymph that I was calling the Australian Gobbler tied for a few weeks now but I don't know if you and the other swapper
European nymphs
Hi guys,    This nymph bellow is one of my most productive nymph used in the first part of the season and when the waters are high and muddy:   Hooks : curved caddis fly hooks : De
Winter carp flies
I used to eat carp in Indiana ... back about 4 decades ago.  Fillet and skin them as any other fish.  After the fillets are skinned, look for the dark meat along the lateral line and cut it
Stoneclinger Nymph
Hi there,   this time I like to Show you a Stoneclinger Nymph. Maybe you like it :-)     MW
November flies from the bench
Eide, Colin is right in his recollection, you can mark the body with a pen after it is wound. You should only mark in one direction, depending on what effect you are looking for. The Ammonite Nymph is
European French Micro Nymph
Hi guys,   Just a nymph   that works excelent in these days : Hook: Demmon DSN 120 #18 Bead: Tungsten 2mm size Tail: grizzly hen barbs - 2 or 3 pcs Body: peacock herl,  turkey biot
Hatches Blog Post - Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph
Detailed instructions for tying a Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph.[url=]View the full article[/url]
I fish them behind shot or a weighted nymph.  Exception is when I tied up some eggs to match a 'pellet hatch' at a friend's pond.  
Which Mayfly Nymphs Hatch on the Bottom?
I using a very fuzzy memory but I think the Hendrickson sheads it shuck on the bottom then swims to the surface unlike most mayflies which swim to the surface then shead the nymph shuck   http://
Quick trip to a local stream
On Saturday I made a trip out to a stream that most people from around here wade in on the hot summer days. I know this stream to hold fish and quite a bit of them as well.    We left at 11:
Gummy Minnow
Good luck getting all the materials for the fly though. I recently ordered some sili skin for tying this pattern and received the materials minus the mother of pearl before I noticed the email sa
Black Rabbit
Hook: TMC777SP #6Thread: UNI 6/0 BlackTail: Rabbit Strip, FoxtailBody: A.Jensen Saltwater dub ll White, Rabbit strip in dubbing loopEyes: Gold bead chain, large   The black rabbit skin I got ear
Whatever you do, donīt fall asleep.........
Terje,       I could never think of your flies as being anything close to the dark side.  I like to think of them as little Angels soaring through the air with every cast
I need some advice...
    Stupid question here....So what you are saying is a saddle feather is longer therefore more flies can be tied with the same feather?   Before you get the wrong idea, this applies o
Silver Creek Resin for Scud
I still apply a scud back of some kind to give a good foundation for the resin and give a smooth appearance. Scud dubbing is pretty spikey and it would be hard to make a smooth back without a skin of
Tanning hides?
Rabbit is easy if time consuming. The softness comes from working a skin. Not anything to do with how you cure it. Native Americans chewed on the pelts to soften them. You could try that! But a simple
Got some rabbit skins
What did you use to cut them with? How do you cut the skin and not cut the fur too? Did you crosscut them or just stripcut them? Just wondering. I am thinking of doing the same thing. I put togeth
Rubber Leg Beetle
Pretty straight forward beetle, more of a spot light on a cool product from virtual nymph Coleoptera Body                           Rub
Hunting for Materials
Where I live i Hunt squirrels just before they change their coats. It makes it super easy to pluck the hair off the skin without having to skin it and tan it. Just put it in an old pill bottle and now
Difference required to be a new pattern
That Teeny Nymph is one great fly!  There's a youtube of Jim Teeny showing how to tie it.  He does both single and double-body, in everything from size 14 to 2.0.   I think I've fo
Do bigger flys catch bigger fish??
Going up a size or two won't likely result in bigger fish. Going form a size 16 nymph to a size 4 streamer might. As a fish gets bigger and requires more caloric intake, it may become more focused on
Most of the hooks I buy are straight line hooks.  Maybe the cheaper hooks aren't offset.  But, I do use hooks that are offset.  If I am tying my usual poppers or Panfish Attractors, I s
Rot on a cape.
A dry skin is unlikely to rot. Bacteria and fungus need moisture to thrive. You could rub the skin with borax and dry thoroughly, but if I were in your shoes I would pluck the feathers from this "tain
Crane Fly Larva
Here is a really easy Crane Fly Larva pattern:                    Crane Fly Larva Hook: 6-10 Curved Nymph Tail: Soft Hackle Body: Translucent Nymph Sk
Looking for a simple caddis worm (MI)
I don't like to be impersonal or appear trite but here's a link to more caddis patterns than you could possibly use. I'm from MI and fish for steelhead myself and I can tell you there is no magic cadd
October flies from the bench
[attachment=48632:Closeup Bitch Creek Nymph.jpg]   Bitch Creek Nymph with Halloween colors...
Nymph fishing with sink tip
I presume when you are lake fishing you want to get your nymph to a certain depth and keep it there. This is simple when using a floating line and leader, you just use a strike indicator to get your f
October 2014 Swap Club
Hey, Vic. I found the list for you. Here it is:   January- Midge/Chrominid February - Woven March - Must contain Duck April - Czech/Polish nymph May - Mayfly June - Size 18 and Under fly   J
Worst of the best.
For me it is a pattern called the Dreamsicle.  It is a nymph, woven body with white and orange floss.  Tried it on the Big Horn at Ft. Smith in the 80s because some guide was raving about it
Best size?
Couple categories from my end for fresh water:   General use: 9' in a moderate weight (4-6 wt) Small Stream / Tailwater: 7'6" in light weight (3 wt or below) Nymph Rig: 10' 4wt (never tried but s
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