Text and Photos by Andrew Susani and Andrew Wheeler
|Hook||#8 - #16 medium to long shank|
|Thread||6/0 black, brown or olive|
|Body||Squirrel fur, seals fur or something similar|
|Tail||3 or 4 hackle fibres|
|Ribbing||Gold or copper wire|
|Wing Case||Black crow, turkey or black raffia|
Nymphs exist everywhere trout do, so it comes as no surprise that they are a major food item for our speckled friends in all parts of the world. The brown nymph is a generic nymph imitation that represents nymphs from all families of aquatic insects. Tied in a variety of sizes and colours, this pattern is an invaluable fly for the trout fisherman.
|1. Start thread just before bend of hook. Tie in 3 or 4 stiff hackle fibres so they extend 4-5 mm past the bend. Tie in a 6 cm length of fine copper wire at the bend – leave it hanging out the back.|
2. Pull a small amount of dubbing from the packet and spread it out along the hanging thread. Gently dub it onto the thread and wind up to about halfway along the shank, forming a slight taper.
3. Wind the copper wire evenly through the dubbing to suggest segmentation in the nymph’s abdomen. Tie off and trim waste. Tie in a 4 mm wide strip of your chosen wing case material so it points towards the tail of the fly.
4. Dub on some more dubbing fur and make a plump thorax.
|5. Pull the wing case over the top of the thorax and tie down just behind the hook eye. Build up a small head of thread, whip finish, then varnish head.|
use much dubbing fur
when dubbing any fly – it is much easier to do a couple of thin layers
than one big ugly thick layer.
tail on nymphs short
to avoid getting short strikes from fish. It may seem unthinkable that
could come up short on a fly only a few centimetres long, but it does
anglers believe that wing
cases are very important features on a nymph fly as a prominent wing
indicates that a nymph is swimming up to the surface to hatch. If you
dark or shiny, they will stand out more.
least 2 or 3 nymphs in
different colours and sizes so you can be ready to match the size and
the local nymphs wherever you go.
You can make the body messy by teasing out the fibres with a needle or a piece of velcro (the hooked side). This can suggest legs and make the fly look more lifelike in the water.