Video: How to Tie the Bird’s Nest Sulphur Emerger

The Bird’s Nest is a classic nymph tied by Californian Cal Bird almost 60 years ago. In this latest how-to video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler adapts the old pattern to create a sulfur emerger that is easy to tie and looks super buggy. Try this fly before the fish start feeding on duns, or drop it off the back of a dun as part of a tandem rig. Trout love few things more than a struggling emerger that can’t fly away.

          Bird’s Nest Sulphur Emerger
          Hook: 3X-long nymph hook (here, a Dai-Riki #285), sizes 14-18.
          Thread: Wood duck or yellow, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Collar: Wood-duck flank-feather fibers.
          Rib: Copper wire, small.
          Tails: Wood-duck flank-feather tips.
          Abdomen: Rusty brown Australian possum dubbing.
          Thorax: Yellow beaver dubbing.
          Head: Tying thread.
          Tools: Bodkin.

2 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Bird’s Nest Sulphur Emerger”

  1. Thanks Tim for another great video instruction on how to tie an awesome pattern. For other viewers, this “old school” looking fly is incredibly effective. I have also used it at a streamer fly imitating the tiny rainbow and cutthroat fry that inhabit shallow bank water in July-September.

    Cal Bird was a a great fly tyer and one of the sweetest men I ever met.

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