Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Hare and Copper Nymph


Text and Photos by Andrew Susani

Hook #8 - #16 medium to long shank

Thread 6/0 black or brown
Body Rabbit or hare fur
Tail 3 or 4 hackle fibres
Ribbing Copper wire
Weighting Lead wire or a beadhead (optional)

Tying Procedure

If you are going to use a beadhead for weight, slide one on before placing the hook in the vice. The nymph shown in these instructions is unweighted. 

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. Take a small amount of dubbing spread it out along the hanging thread. Gently dub it onto the thread and wind a thin layer evenly along the shank. Leave a millimetre or so of bare shank behind the hook eye.

3. Add more dubbing so a general nymph shape begins to form. The tail section should be tapered slightly. Wind the copper wire evenly over the tail section and tie it off.

4. Build up the abdomen of the nymph, making sure that you use plenty of the stiff guard hairs in the dubbing. The more of these that poke out, the better the fly will look in the water. When you are satisfied, build a small head, whip finish and varnish.

For all the original instructions and methods, see: "Fur and Feather" by Peter Leuver