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. Of this pattern, he writes:
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 Hot Amber sinks quickly, displays enhanced movement, and offers 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
In this video, Bob walks you through the pattern and offers a couple of neat tricks for making the pattern look realistic.
Reece’s Hot Amber Caddis Nymph
Hook: Orvis Tactical Czech Nymph Hook, sizes 12-16.
Bead: Black tungsten, 7/64-1/8.
Thread: Light brown, 6/0.
Tails: Black Krystal Flash.
Overbody: Green Uni-Wire, medium.
Underbody: Natural ostrich herl.
Collar: Peacock Ice Dub.
Tools: Sharp scissors, hackle stacker, whip-finisher.