This week’s video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through a great nymph pattern to create flies that will attract steelhead, whether you’re fishing in the Pacific Northwest or on a Great Lakes tributary. A mixture of realistic silhouette and gaudy colors, these patterns are perfect for sight-fishing or using in murky water. I can also see how you can tie killer stonefly patterns for trout using these methods, as well.
As usual, Flagler offers some excellent tying tips that you’ll also find effective when you’re creating other patterns. The ways that he manipulates the thread, through spinning and separating the strands, to make it do what he needs it to do are ingenious.
Hook: Czech Nymph Hook hook (here a Partridge Patriot), size 10.
Thread: Brown, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Tail/Wingcase: Dyed-chartreuse pheasant-tail fibers.
Abdomen: Fluorescent chartreuse thread, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Rib: Brown tying thread.
Wingcase: Dyed-chartreuse pheasant-tail fibers.
Thorax/Legs: Caddis-green SLF Prism Dubbing.
Head: Brown tying thread.
Adhesives: Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat and UV-cure resin.
Note: Tie this in any colors you choose.