Although few anglers think of New Jersey as a fly-fishing destination, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions clearly loves his home water, the South Branch of the Raritan River. (Check out his video love letter to the river at the bottom of this post.) Since sulfur season is almost upon us, Tim has come up with a great-looking nymph pattern to match the bugs in the South Branch. As with any pattern, you can tweak the colors and materials to better match.
As usual, Tim offers some great tying skills in the process of creating this week’s pattern. For instance, the way he controls the pheasant-tail fibers by wrapping them behind the thread is something that will help you create snug wraps with any material, and the way he attaches the legs is ingenious.
SBR Sulphur Nymph
Hook: 2X-long nymph hook (here a Dai-Riki #730), sizes 14-18.
Bead: Gold Cyclops Bead, 7/64″.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Thread: Wood duck, brown, black, or yellow 8/0 or 70 denier.
Tails: Wood duck flank-feather fibers.
Body/wingcase: Golden yellow pheasant-tail fibers.
Thorax: Golden stone Australian possum dubbing.
Legs: Wood duck flank-feather fibers.
Adhesive: UV-cure resin.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, bodkin.