Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has developed a fascination with patterns that feature a drop bead, which causes a pattern to ride hook-point-up in the water. These flies may look strange, with their slightly misshapen heads, but they perform well in the water. In this great video, Tim teaches you how to tie one of his own creations, the Timbit Nymph. He views the Timbit as more of a style of fly than a specific pattern, so feel free to experiment by changing the colors of all the materials. As an added bonus, you learn what Tim had for lunch on the day he shot this video.
Hook: Black-nickel Czech nymph hook (here, a Fulling Mill 5065), size 14.
Bead: Metallic pink tungsten drop bead, 9/64-inch.
Thread: Fluorescent pink, 6/0 or 70-denier.
Tail: Medium pardo Coq de Leon fibers.
Body: Pink UV Ice Dub.
Hot spot: Tying thread.
Adhesive #2: Head cement.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, whip finish.