Bob Reece is a junior-high science teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who spends his summer guiding for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado. He also works with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and runs a fly-fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at the school where he works. You can learn more by visiting his Reece’s Thin Air Angler Facebook page. We have previously featured his Hot Amber Caddis Nymph, Hindsight trailing streamer, Missing Link dry fly, and Simple Mini Leech.
In this video, he ties a cool nymph pattern that features a wire body, with peacock herl protruding between the wraps to create a buggy effect. Here’s how Bob describes the Fusion Nymph:
Wire-body nymphs sink quickly, but their rigid structure produces no added movement. Dubbed nymph bodies provide excellent movement but do not sink quickly and lack durability. The Fusion Nymph sinks quickly, displays enhanced movement and excellent durability. The tactical nymph hook drastically increases the fish-to-net success rate when compared to the straight-shank hooks used on many popular nymph patterns. Over the last two years, this pattern in its plethora of size and color combinations has brought fish to net on many freestone rivers and even the highly pressured waters of Cheesman canyon, Gray’s Reef and the Miracle Mile.
In this video, Bob walks you through the steps to create the pattern, which is quite simple. The end result looks like the kind of nymph you choose when you’re looking to get the skunk off.
Reece’s Fusion Nymph
Hook: Orvis Tactical Czech Nymph Hook, size 14.
Bead: Gold tungsten, 7/64.
Thread: Brown, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tail: Amber Krystal Flash.
Body: Amber Ultra Wire.
Underbody: Tan ostrich herl.
Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Tools: Dubbing wax, bodkin.