Many fly tiers enjoy debating the relative merits of natural materials–fur, hair, and feathers–versus the myriad artificial products that have been introduced in recent decades. What you choose to tie with is a personal choice, and the proof is in the end result. Does it catch fish? In this week’s great tying how-to video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie an all-unnatural nymph pattern that’s heavy and sleek enough to sink quickly and buggy enough to tempt trout to eat it.
The Plastic Surgeon features a nice segmented body, a buggy thorax, and a tapered profile that matches the naturals. Tim shows you how easy to tie, using just some Faux Bucktail and a little Ice Dub. For such an easy pattern, it sure looks good.
Hook: Black nickel jig hook (here, a Fulling Mill 5045), size 14.
Bead: Black tungsten slotted bead, 7/64-inch.
Thread: Black, 70-denier or 8/0.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Tails: Bright orange Faux Bucktail, stacked.
Body: Black and green Faux Bucktail.
Adhesive #1: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
Thorax: Black peacock Ice Dub.
Adhesive #2: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, bodkin, whip-finisher.